A game that was canceled by one publisher, but got a second chance elsewhere, and a new name, now has a release date. Square Enix has announced that the open world crime action game Sleeping Dogs will be released in the US on August 14th. Europeans will have to wait until August 17th to get the title from developer United Front Games.
The game has the player controlling Hong Kong police officer Wei Shen as he goes undercover to fight the city's Triad crime organizations. Originally, the game was to be published by Activision under the title True Crime: Hong Kong. However, in early 2011 Activision announced it was canceling development of the title. claiming that it was "just not good enough" compared to other open world action games. Square Enix swept in and picked up the rights to the game, renaming it Sleeping Dogs.
The game's official web site has also announced that GameStop, Best Buy and Amazon will all offer special pre-order content for the game, including new missions, weapons, vehicles and more depending on which retailer you buy Sleeping Dogs from. The PC version will also get its own pre-order content for its digital download edition which will be announced at a later date.
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