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Square Enix announces Sleeping Dogs at retailer event

True Crime: Hong Kong renamed, out in August.

More from the talkative Destination PlayStation event - this time concerning True Crime.

According to a tweet by Future Shop Gamer, which attended the event, Square Enix has revealed Sleeping Dogs, due out on PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in August.

Future Shop also published an image, which looks a lot like True Crime: Hong Kong, the game Square Enix picked up after Activision ditched it halfway through development.

Sleeping Dogs is made by Vancouver-based developer United Front Games. Square Enix London Studios is supervising - the same office that looked after Batman: Arkham Asylum and Just Cause 2.

The publisher did not buy the rights to the brand IP, so always had to rename the game before release.

"When we first saw and got our hands on the game we fell in love with it," Square Enix London Studios general manager Lee Singleton said last year.

"When we met the team at United Front Games it was a done deal in our eyes - we instantly recognised the huge potential in the game and the team.

"UFG is an incredibly talented team, who have individually worked on some of the biggest games in our industry, and this talent shines through from the moment you walk in the door.

"It's one of those games where you don't want to put the controller down; it's what we call 'sticky'."

Back in February 2011 Activision Publishing boss Eric Hirshberg had this to say about the just-canned project:

"Even our most optimistic internal projections show that continued investment was not going to lead to a title at, or near, the top of the competitive open world genre.

"In an industry where only the best games in each category are flourishing, to be blunt, it just wasn't going to be good enough."

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