Sleeping Dogs originally started out in life as True Crime: Hong Kong, which was slated to be the third in the True Crime series and something of a reboot. However, the original studio behind the True series, Luxoflux, closed in February of 2010 and the property seemed doomed. Square Enix stepped in to save it, took it over and pushed the game on to United Front Games.
The game still takes place in Hong Kong, but it now follows the Detective Wei Shen, an officer of the Triad Bureau of Hong Kong Police. Wei gets assigned to an undercover operation where he has to infiltrate the Triad organization called Sun On Yee. Much of the game will focus on Wei’s struggle to stay true to his mission while also trying to maintain his cover by acting as much like the Triad as possible.
Sleeping Dogs is set to hit store shelves on April 29 on Xbox 360, PC and Playstation 3.