- Release date:
Aug 14, 2012 (US)
Aug 17, 2012 (EU)
This game was released on August 17, 2012. It is no longer available for pre-ordering; you can buy it normally.
Sleeping Dogs (previously known as True Crime: Hong Kong) is an open-world action game developed by United Front Games and Square Enix London, and published by Square Enix. You can think of it as GTA set in Hong Kong: there’s gunfights, street races, and melee combat. The latter is a lot more complex than in Grand Theft Auto series, and is said to borrow from Batman: Arkham City. Players can perform badass martial arts moves, and use the environment to their advantage. Furthermore, it is possible to enter bullet time when shooting, and destroy your enemies in action movie style.
The game puts you into the shoes of Wei Shen, a cop attempting to infiltrate the Triads. In addition to the dramatic storyline there’s lots of side missions and other activities for you to take part in, such as street races, gambling, and even fight clubs.
Make sure to preorder Sleeping Dogs in advance to secure one of the following DLC packs:
- Amazon: Martial Arts Pack which includes a Shaolin Showdown mission, Shaolin Warrior outfit (increases striking damage), a boost to Triad XP, and a Wing Chun decoration for your safehouse.
- BestBuy: Georges St-Pierre Pack with an exclusive outfit that unlocks GSP’s signature “flying punch”, and increases grappling and throwing damage.
- GameStop: Police Protection Pack which contains exclusive items like a “High Speed” mission, HK Police SWAT Outfit, assault rifle, and a SWAT Police Vehicle.
While these pre-order bonuses are for Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 versions of the game only, Square Enix did say that PC gamers will be getting some exclusive content later on. It will be available with pre-orders of the digital download version for PCs.
This official video introduces the main character of the game, and the Triad gang he is tasked to bring down.
Sleeping Dogs is set to release on August 14th in North America, and three days later in Europe.