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Old 08-01-2011, 02:39 PM   #1
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Square Enix Grabs True Crime Hong Kong

Square Enix has surprised...well pretty much everyone, by picking up the rights to True Crime Hong Kong after development on the open world title was canceled by Activision earlier this year.

Vancouver-based developer United Front Games (ModNation Racers) had been working on the game for quite some time when Activison swung the axe. At the time Activision Publishing CEO Eric Hirshberg said "The finished product was not going to be at the top of that genre." Square Enix apparently thought differently.
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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 exclusive interview about the pick-up.
Development will be supervised by Square Enix London Studios, which also oversaw open world games such as Just Cause 2 and Batman Arkham City. Square Enix however didn't purchase the True Crime property from Activision, so the game will have to be re-branded before it can be shown or released. Square Enix is also not ready to say when or on which platforms the game will be released.

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Old 08-01-2011, 02:44 PM   #2
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I wonder if they just need another product on the shelf. If I remember correctly, they drastically slashed their revenue expectations for the next fiscal cycle.
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Old 08-01-2011, 02:49 PM   #3
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curiouser and curiouser, we'll see if pr was talking smack or not
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Old 08-01-2011, 02:57 PM   #4
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That IS a surprise. My guess is they got it really cheap, but they must see something worth salvaging in there.
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Old 08-01-2011, 02:58 PM   #5
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So how long before Activision sues?
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Old 08-01-2011, 03:02 PM   #6
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fuck yes. I need this game immediately. IMMEDIATELY
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God bless you Square Enix. God bless us everyone.
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Old 08-01-2011, 03:13 PM   #8
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So how long before Activision sues?
I came in here to post just this.
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Old 08-01-2011, 07:22 PM   #9
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Maybe the Eidos part will add the awesome that True Crime needs. Like random zombies or a grappling hook gun. Activision probably wanted GTA 5 on much smaller budget.
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Old 08-02-2011, 05:50 AM   #10
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I hope this sells like gangbusters. Just because Activision gave up on it. God I hate that company with an unholy passion. I sacrifice a chicken each night in the hopes CoD will die soon but Cernunnos must be a CoD fan.

I need another open world game badly. I hope this turns out fun.
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Old 08-02-2011, 05:56 AM   #11
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I remember playing and liking the first True Crime game...it'll be interesting to see what they do with this.
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I had no clue so many people liked this series. The first game had a promising combat system dragged down by a shitty morality system with an unlikeable fuckhead as the main character and an absolutely batshit insane story while the second game was nearly as glitchy as Driv3r yet was far more cut down than the first in terms of the game world.
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Old 08-02-2011, 12:59 PM   #13
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curiouser and curiouser, we'll see if pr was talking smack or not
Yeah, there was a lot of bold claims about this game, I'm glad we'll at least get to see it come to market now.
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