It's time to stop caring about new IP (just because it's new IP)

The term you hear thrown around is "new IP," or intellectual property. The launch of a new franchise, or the beginnings of a series that may do new things in the world of gaming. Watch Dogs is here, and it's time to realize that "new IP" isn't always synonymous with innovation. New games won’t always feel fresh, and games in existing franchises aren’t destined to be boring retreads of things we’ve already played. Like so many things in life, it all comes down to marketing. A good day to cash in This devotion to franchise titles isn't unique to games. The script for Die Hard with a Vengeance was originally called Simon Says and was supposed to be a star vehicle for Brandon Lee. Lee was tragically killed during the filming of The Crow, but Simon Says was nearly purchased to be...


Mighty No. 9 live-action adaptation in the works

Contradiction Films writer and producer Tim Carter today revealed on EP Live that his production company is currently working on a live-action adaptation of Mighty No. 9. Carter, who has served as a writer on Sleeping Dogs and producer for the first season of Mortal Kombat: Legacy told EP Live that the production team is in the early stages of creating a digital series to the spiritual successor of Mega Man. "We are building the story right now," he said "Inafune-san created [Mega Man], and he has now created Mighty No. 9. We don't have the rights to Mega Man, obviously, but we are working with him on a live-action adaptation of it." Carter added that he initially had concerns about how the game might translate culturally in a live-action production for a North American audience, but...


Sleeping Dogs, Lara Croft join January Games with Gold

Open world action-adventure game Sleeping Dogs and action platformer Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light will be available as limited-time, free downloads in January, Microsoft announced today on Xbox Wire. Both games will be available to those with an Xbox Live Gold membership as part of the Games with Gold program. Sleeping Dogs, typically a $19.99 download, will be free from Jan. 1-15. Originally announced as the next installment in the True Crime series, Sleeping Dogs drops players into Hong Kong as part of an undercover operation. Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light, usually $14.99, will be available Jan. 16-31. The game was originally released in 2010 and features a two-player co-op mode. Microsoft's Games with Gold deal was announced during Microsoft's E3 2013 press...


Here's what you need to know for Tuesday, Oct. 8

Curt Schilling holding estate sale at his Mass. home Founder of now-defunct 38 Studios Curt Schilling is holding an estate sale at his Massachusetts home later this week, and while the famous bloody sock from his time with the Boston Red Sox won't be on sale, items on the block include everything from a 38 Studios drafting table to Schilling's number 38 Red Sox bathrobe. This sale takes place just one month before the scheduled final auction for the remainder of 38 Studios' assets, including the Kingdoms of Amalur and Project Copernicus IPs. New Sleeping Dogs game, Triad Wars, coming from United Front United Front Games announced Triad Wars, a new game set in the Sleeping Dogs universe. The studio plans to reveal more about the game next year, and while we don't know about a release...


New Sleeping Dogs game, Triad Wars, coming from United Front

United Front Games is working on a new game set in the Sleeping Dogs universe called Triad Wars, the studio announced today. Publisher Square Enix filed a trademark for "Triad Wars" in the U.S. a week ago. "We're super-excited that it's another game based in the Sleeping Dogs universe, it's something we've wanted to do for ages and we're very happy to be working with Square Enix again," said a representative for the studio in a blog post on the company's official website. United Front plans to reveal more about the game in 2014; it did not provide any platforms or release window. The studio co-developed Sleeping Dogs, an open-world crime game set in Hong Kong, with Square Enix London Studios; it was released last August on Windows PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.


Summer sale at Square Enix online store

Square Enix is holding a summer sale on its e-store, offering both older and more recent games at discount. Tomb Raider, Hitman: Absolution, and Sleeping Dogs will be available for up to 50% off from today through Sunday, August 4. Tomb Raider PC download is down from $49.99 to $24.99. Sleeping Dogs PC download is down from $29.99 to $14.99. Hitman: Absolution on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 is down from $39.99 to $29.99 Deus Ex on Xbox 360 is down from $29.99 to $24.99. Dead Island PC download is down from $19.99 to $9.99. Just Cause 2 on PlayStation 3 is down from $19.99 to $9.99. More information at Square Enix e-store.


Zeno Clash 2 launching June 12 on XBLA, Sleeping Dogs and DLC half-price this week on XBLM

Zeno Clash 2, the first-person action game from ACE Team, will be released June 12 on Xbox Live Arcade for 800 Microsoft Points ($10), Microsoft's Major Nelson announced today. ACE Team released the Windows PC version of the surreal brawler on April 30; it will also be available on PlayStation Network, but the studio has yet to announce a release date for that platform. Major Nelson's biweekly list of Xbox Live Marketplace content also mentions a half-price sale on Sleeping Dogs and all its downloadable content. Square Enix originally released the open-world crime game, which was co-developed by United Front Games and Square Enix London Studios, in August 2012. The sale brings the Games on Demand version of the title to $24.99. Discounted DLC includes the Halloween-themed...


Square Enix blames competitive console market for multi-million yen losses

Square Enix experienced significant losses during this fiscal quarter, blaming the "increasingly competitive and oligopolistic" console market throughout North America and Europe as a primary reason behind its multi-million yen dive. Today the publisher released its financial results for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2013, confirming a net loss of 13,714 million yen. Square Enix acknowledged its restructuring efforts — which recently resulted in large-scale layoffs and the departure of CEO Yoichi Wada — had a hand in these recent losses. "In response to the latest environmental changes in the game industry, the Group has implemented various strategic initiatives such as a change in its development policy, organizational reforms and redesign of some business models. . As a result of...


Sleeping Dogs coming to PS Plus Instant Game Collection May 7

Sleeping Dogs, United Front Games' open-world action title, will be added as a free download to PlayStation Plus subscribers' Instant Game Collections May 7, it was revealed on this week's PlayStation Blogcast. The PlayStation 3 game, which was released last August by publisher Square Enix, currently sells for $39.99 at most retailers. It will be joined by several other Instant Game Collection additions coming during the month of May, including a four-table Pinball Arcade pack for PS3 and Knytt Underground for PS3 and PS Vita. Recent additions to the Instant Game Collection include Demon's Souls, Malicious and Zombie Tycoon 2, though these will be bumped out of the roster throughout May as new games are added.


Sleeping Dogs, Hitman: Absolution, Tomb Raider all million-sellers, but miss sales targets

Square Enix's three most recent launches of major console titles — Sleeping Dogs, Hitman: Absolution and Tomb Raider — all sold at least a million copies, but missed the company's sales targets, it said today in a presentation to investors. Each title received critical acclaim, but sales in North America and Europe — although by no means poor — did not meet the publisher's expectations for its 2013 fiscal year, which ends March 31. As a result, the company expects to report a $105 million loss for the year. Square Enix launched Sleeping Dogs in August 2012 and has sold approximately 1.75 million copies of United Front Games' open-world crime thriller. Since Hitman: Absolution's release in November 2012, Square Enix has sold about 3.6 million units. And Tomb Raider, which launched...

Sleeping Dogs Releases
North America
  • PlayStation 3
    • Released 08/14/2012
    • Publisher Square Enix
    • Developer United Front Games
  • Xbox 360
    • Released 08/14/2012
    • Publisher Square Enix
    • Developer United Front Games
    • Score 7
  • Windows
    • Released 08/13/2012
    • Publisher Square Enix
    • Developer United Front Games
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