True Crime: Hong Kong, a title by United Front Games that was cancelled as part of Activision’s great IP-cull earlier this year, has been picked up by Square Enix.
Square don’t have the rights to the True Crime name, so the game will be released with a new title. The publisher is also refusing to comment on formats at this stage (True Crime: Hong Kong was originally planned as an Xbox 360, PS3 and PC release).
However, work has been progressing on the game since talks between United Front Games and Square Enix began and the publisher has been recruiting employees who worked on the title under Activision’s reign.
“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,” says Lee Singleton, General Manager of Square Enix’s London Studio.
The original title for the game that became True Crime: Hong Kong (before Activision forced United Front Games to ditch the female protagonist) was Black Lotus, so there’s a possibility it could return to that name.