When Sleeping Dogs launched back in 2012 people considered it one of the biggest and most pleasant surprises of that year. Now, many years later, we appear to have a sequel pretty much confirmed by publisher Square Enix. United Front Game Studios, who made the original, appear to be closing down. They haven’t officially announced their closure yet but a tweet from producer Jen Timms confirms the studio’s shutdown. But does that mean Sleeping Dogs 2 may never see the light of day?
Could this mean Square Enix is hiring a new developer for Sleeping Dogs 2
Currently mourning the best job I've ever had, and the most wonderful team I've ever worked with.
The end of a great era.
— Jen Timms (@Scarlettjen) October 18, 2016
The Definitive Edition didn’t do a whole lot better to make the original a better game. However, the good news is Sleeping Dogs 2 might make immense improvements to the previous game. The original still feels great so the new developer will have to come up with some pretty revolutionary gameplay design to make a worthy sequel.
Sleeping Dogs’s beauty was that while it is fun to play, it also had a fascinating story and a cast of great characters. The voice acting was exceptionally good. Developer UFG did a really good job of recreating the city of Hong Kong. Labyrinth of city streets, a densely packed population and plenty of ambient noise and chatter to keep things feeling and sounding real.
In fact, the original’s reliance on a mixture of Cantonese and English is a far cry from the usual English only slant of games that take place overseas. This was a really nice touch back then. So, we already established how the sequel would have a huge responsibility of making a worthy successor. Now all that’s left is to see which developer the publisher hires next, now that UFG has left the scene.
Stay tuned to MobiPicker for more news and updates about Sleeping Dogs 2 and publisher Square Enix’s other titles.