True Crime: Hong Kong, canned by Activision early this year, is alive and well. Square Enix has bought the title from the mega publisher, allowing developer United Front Games to finish what they started.
It’ll be under a different name however as Square did not purchase the rights to the True Crime name.
Acti CEO Eric Hirshberg previously called Hong Kong a game that “just wasn’t going to be good enough,” hence the cancellation in February. Now that the project’s been offloaded however: “Square Enix gets the benefit of the tremendous investment we’ve made in the game thus far. UFG gets to stay together and complete their vision. And gamers get to play a great game. We couldn’t be more thrilled.”
There’s no word on what name the game will carry under the Square Enix flag, nor when it might be released just yet.
Square Enix London Studios general manager Lee Singleton has high hopes though: “It’s one of those games where you don’t want to put the controller down; it’s what we call ‘sticky’.”