Square Enix Thought Sleeping Dogs “Potential Franchise” From The Start

We’ve been hearing for a few weeks that United Front Games has a six month DLC plan for their surprise hit Sleeping Dogs. That’s kind of awesome, because as it turns out, despite being originally intended as a part of the wretched True Crime franchise, Sleeping Dogs is actually a fun, satisfying GTA clone with enough originality and genre accuracy to all but guarantee a classic franchise in the making. If, that is, they get to make more games.

Fortunately, it seems that Sleeping Dogs publisher Square Enix is on board. “They believed in this game as a potential franchise from the very beginning” said Sleeping Dogs producer Dan Sochan. That’s good because it apparently meant that Square let United Front make the best game possible, instead of trying to milk every dime they could out of it. “A few months before we shipped Square told us they wanted to do DLC so we made sure we could technically do add ons. But we really spent every waking hour and then some making sure the game was as polished and as bug free as it could be,” Sochan said.

That’s good to hear. While the ending of Sleeping Dogs was a bit limp – I won’t spoil it, but it really should have been a playable mission instead of a cut scene – I’ve played through the game a few times since and I enjoy it more every time. In a way, it’s like the GTA series version of the Mystics to Saints Row’s Skeksies, which is to say, if you split the gaming Dark Crystal and all of the awesome, amoral silliness went into the Saints Row franchise, all of the grit and genre accurate seriousness went into Sleeping Dogs. I really hope it gets another installment.

Of course, I also hope the Dark Crystal is finally restored soon with GTA V, but Rockstar seems to be taking their damn sweet time getting to that, so I’ll take some excellent Sleeping Dogs DLC in the meantime.

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2 Comments on Square Enix Thought Sleeping Dogs “Potential Franchise” From The Start


On October 29, 2012 at 4:47 pm

Don’t want it, wont get it. They used false advertising to sell there game. They claimed full key reprogramming. What they should have said was “keys we choose, you can reprogram”. Would have been much more truthfull.
Any company that wont let you use the arrow keys for moving is F— in the head. I know it’s old school and lots of people use the wasd system, but lots of us are still old school and use arrow keys. Putting off preordering Hit Man cause it’s from activision too.
I own the game and still haven’t played it, so I don’t know if it’s good or not. May never know. May never by activision again. Very set in my ways and wont change. Thank God for Bethestasoft. They may be a little bit buggy but they make great games that allow all styles of play.
Sounds like they don’t even play on fixing it. Tons of people compaining. No one fixing.


On October 29, 2012 at 5:27 pm

I got Sleeping Dogs on console myself. Absolutely loved it. If there’s more in the future, I’m interested. I just hope it can keep the same level of quality, or improve on it.