Activision is crazy for cancelling True Crime: Hong Kong, according to Square Enix’s president and chief executive, Mike Fischer.
Square Enix picked up the game last year and continued to develop it under the title Sleeping Dogs.
“The minute they [Square Enix Wimbeldon] showed it to us, we really felt like we had found a diamond in the rough,” said Fischer.
“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.”
The game encompassed all of everything you’d want to do in Hong Kong, said Fisher, before comparing it to a lot of other things.
“There’s clearly a lot of inspiration from The Departed and Infernal Affairs... But the open world feels like Arkham City, the combat feels as good as a fighting game, the driving is as good as a Need for Speed, and the story is every bit as rich as compelling as a Mass Effect.”
“In a sense it reminds me a little bit of Dead Island,” he continued.
“Nobody had heard of that game coming into E3, and in the US alone it sold over 2 million units. It’s great to have a sleeper.’
Sleeping Dogs is out August 16.