Developer United Front Games would like to make Sleeping Dogs 2 if fans are happy with the first game. The developer said this after publisher Square Enix hinted Sleeping Dogs could be turned into a franchise if the first game does well critically and financially.
This news is not surprising, since it was originally in development at Activision as the third game in the True Crime series, until it was canceled and Square Enix bought the rights to the game under a new name.
To quote Sleeping Dogs producer Dan Sochan:
“Square Enix clearly believe in Sleeping Dogs. I mean they’ve talked about it possibly becoming a franchise for them.” -Sleeping Dogs producer
“[Square Enix] clearly believe in it. I mean they’ve talked about it possibly becoming a franchise for them. [...] I think that they’ve helped establish this game’s identity, and helped to differentiate between the large number of other open-world games out there, so we’re not just going to be buried by the large number of sequel titles coming out later this year.
So there are elements they’ve brought in to try and ensure a long tail, that there are reasons to come back to the game even after you’ve finished the main story, and maybe put us in a position where we can make a sequel if the game does well.
I think that there are a lot of different ways in terms of where we could take the series. Right now we ‘re hoping that the fans continue to show excitement for the product. More than anything else, though, we want feedback. We don’t just want to say ‘Ok…this is how we see a Sleeping Dogs 2 going’.
We want to hear what gamers think, what aspects of the game they enjoyed the most, we want them to be able to go ‘If you do a sequel, you should totally do this…’ and so on. So of course we’ve considered it, and we’ll have to see how Sleeping Dogs does, but this is new ground for us and so we really want to make sure that the fans are happy.”
I think one of the most requested addition to Sleeping Dogs 2 will be for the developer to flesh out the relationships element of the game beyond one short date. What do you think?
Check out the new Sleeping Dogs launch trailer here:
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