Square Enix has bought the rights to United Front Game’s open world title, True Crime: Hong Kong, which was originally cancelled by Activision earlier this year.
Square Enix’s Lee Singleton told Gamasutra that the company had acquired the rights to the game, but not the IP. “It’s too early to say what the name will be.” said Singleton.
The game, which is still being developed by United Front, was originally due to release this year, but Singleton wasn’t too keen to talk about release timings.
Singleton claims that when they met with United Front the publisher ‘instantly’ saw the game’s potential and knew this was a project they wanted to pick up.
“When we met the team at United Front Games it was a done deal in our eyes — we instantly recognized 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.”
It also seems as though Square Enix might be interested in not just publishing this one game, but creating an entirely new franchise off the back of the project.
“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,” added Singleton.
I’m not going to judge the game from the small amount of footage that we saw, but it must have been cancelled for a reason, so it’ll be interesting to see how much of the game changes in the hands of Square, especially with the IP being lost in the acquisition.