True Crime: Hong Kong
True Crime: Hong Kong Thrown a Lifeline as Square Enix Pick Up the Rights
Written Monday, August 01, 2011 By Richard Walker
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Square Enix has confirmed that it's bought the rights to United Front Games' True Crime: Hong Kong, after Activision shelved the game earlier this year. While Square Enix now owns the rights to publish the game, it doesn't own the IP,  meaning that True Crime: Hong Kong will be completely renamed and rebranded.

"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 told Gamasutra in an interview regarding the acquisition of the "sticky" game.

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

While it's not currently clear what name True Crime: Hong Kong will now be released under, Square Enix is giving United Front Games the time it needs to make the game the best it can be. "We see this as a fantastic opportunity to create a new and unique franchise which gamers will come to know and love for years to come," said Singleton. "We are committed to working with the team at United Front Games and giving them the time needed to realise the full potential of the game's standout features and create a truly unique open world adventure."


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Comment #1 by Lee_M_G_Smit
Monday, August 01, 2011 @ 03:43:23 PM
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i really enjoyed the videos i seen on this game, i hope all they change is the name because it looked fun to play the way it was

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Comment #2 by Mitsuru Kirijo
Monday, August 01, 2011 @ 03:47:33 PM
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Activision thought lowly of it, Square Enix thinks highly of it...This could wind up being one of the most fascinating train wrecks in video game history.

Honestly, though, ModNation Racers was such a mixed-bag that it's literally impossible to have any sense of what the studio is capable of with such a radically different game; but I have to admit my curiosity is piqued.

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Comment #3 by mjc0961
Monday, August 01, 2011 @ 04:07:54 PM
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"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"

Translation: "We never played ModNation Racers."

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Comment #4 by marlyT
Monday, August 01, 2011 @ 04:58:34 PM
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@ 3
Are you bashing MNR or the spokesperson? I love MNR.

Why is SE wasting their time with this? They have HUGE money problems that could be fixed overnight with a simple phrase: "Kingdom Hearts 3 is in production for the PS3." I'm no diehard fan of the series but I'm not stupid. Nothing against True Crime, I had it pre-ordered. But this is not the way for them to get back in the black.

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Comment #5 by VazzVegas
Monday, August 01, 2011 @ 06:26:39 PM
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Picked up games never turn out good. The best we can hope for is above-average. Here's hopin'.

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Comment #6 by BrightonBeach1992
Monday, August 01, 2011 @ 06:35:12 PM
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I remember playing true crime on the Nintendo gamecube, good times. My favorite is TT:LA i hope this one will be just as good.

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Comment #7 by Totavier
Monday, August 01, 2011 @ 07:32:17 PM
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I´m so glad for UFG, they did an excellent work with ModNation Racers, yes maybe some people say is not the perfect Kart racing game in the world, but at least is fun, enjoyable and has an excellent replay value (that is the reason that i love that game).

anyway i´ll looking this game, i never played the True Crime series before but i saw some trailers and the series looked interesting, not like a GTA clone (like a lot people say) but looks a game something different in example i remember one trailer (i don´t remember which True Crime was) that if you do a mistake in the mission you can change the story, that was original.

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Comment #8 by Mecha Buu
Monday, August 01, 2011 @ 07:47:16 PM
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I didn't like MNR, but I did like True Crime: Streets of LA when I rented it many years ago for the PS2. I'll give this a rent like the first one.

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Comment #9 by BuffaloNY92
Monday, August 01, 2011 @ 10:33:58 PM
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It's good to hear this news. It's just great to hear this game isn't going to waste after all. I just felt that some other developer would pick it up eventually. Activi$ion is going to regret abandoning this game/franchise... their loss.

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Comment #10 by zpam
Tuesday, August 02, 2011 @ 01:01:09 AM
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so back from the dead? NICE!!

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Comment #11 by BaRtMaN2466
Tuesday, August 02, 2011 @ 02:23:30 AM
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@5 Like Duke Nukem Forever... D':

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Comment #12 by Golem25
Tuesday, August 02, 2011 @ 04:32:24 AM
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This is great news, brilliant even. I was looking forward to this, as it seemed to revamp the regular sandbox formula a bit. Saw and heard a lot of promising things.

Up untill Activision cancelling the game, while it was said that it was almost complete. While the mayit sound like the game was bad, I don`t buy it. Activision has a thing with treating games that aren`t COD or movie tie-ins badly.

Them being involved was the main reason for me to buy this game used, because I don`t want Kotick getting my money, but seeing this division of Square-Enix involved, makes this a buy for me.

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Comment #13 by Chopin6868
Tuesday, August 02, 2011 @ 05:53:41 AM
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i don't like this at all, the true crime games were fun back then but all square does these days is picking up old western franchises instead of giving us something new

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