In a bit of news that’s as equally pleasant as it is surprising, it seems that Square Enix have seen fit to swoop in and rescue the carcass of True Crime: Hong Kong, cancelled by Activision several months ago, before rigor mortis set in.
Square Enix London Studios’ general manager Lee Singleton told Gamasutra that, although the game was originally set for release this November across the PS3, Xbox 360, and PC, that “We’re not talking about release timings or formats at this time.”
Also of note is the fact that while SE will be now be publishing the game, the True Crime IP will remain at Activision, meaning that a rebranding will be in order.
CEO of Activision Publishing Eric Hirshberg said of the deal, “Our team has worked very hard to find a solution where everybody wins. 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.” Certainly a change in tone when Activision originally cancelled the game in February, with Hirshberg saying that True Crime: Hong Kong “simply wasn’t going to be good enough.”
I guess piles of cash can change anyone’s point of view, but all that matters to me is that the game will be seeing release, even if it’s under a different name and publisher. The game looks fun as hell and it would’ve been a shame for United Front Games’ efforts to have been for naught.