Activision Crazy For Dropping True Crime: Hong Kong
The True Crime series is dead and buried, Activision dropped the franchise at the same time they washed their hands of Guitar Hero in February 2011. True Crime: Hong Kong was abandoned due to concerns it wouldn’t compete in the open world genre, losing the company money.
Square Enix came to the rescue, buying the title from Activision in August 2011. They did not purchase the True Crime brand, instead labelling the title ‘Sleeping Dogs’.
“We really felt like we had found a diamond in the rough,” Mike Fisher, the boss of Square Enix U.S division said in a recent interview. “Obviously the game was originally True Crime: Hong Kong from Activision. I can’t speak to why they let that go. I’m not going to speculate on their behalf. All I know is, they’ve gotta be crazy. Because this game is just fantastic.”
Leaving us with one question this Sunday, did Activision make a mistake dropping the latest True Crime, or will Square Enix bite the bullet for this later?