Sleeping Dogs dev speaks out on split from Activision
Sleeping Dogs, formally known as True Crime: Hong Kong was cancelled by Activision Blizzard in February 2011. The game was picked up again by Square Enix the following August,who then shipped the game a year later to favourable reviews.
Speaking with VG247, producer Dan Sochan spoke out about the split with Activision and what it meant for production.
“I think a lot of us were quite excited, it gave us the ability to work on a blank page, and instead of people having certain expectations – either positive or negative – of the past titles, we could then focus on, ‘here is what we’re all about’.”
“We originated as a new IP, and we were then later branded True Crime: Hong Kong. So to then be, again, a new IP it allowed us to define our own identity. That’s how we started, so yeah, it’s been great.”
Dan went on to mirror the sentiments of Remember Me’s creative director Jean-Maxime Morris in regards to releasing a new IP so late in the console cycle, when he said:
“Is it a bad time at the end of a console cycle? I think people say the same thing about releasing in the summer. You generally don’t want to do that.”
“I think it all really depends on the support you have from your publisher, and if they really believe in your game and want to make it a success… then I think you can get it out at the end of a life-cycle and it can still be a fantastic game.”
Sleeping Dogs is to release a Zombie themed piece of DLC in celebration of Halloween in the coming week.