Check out this John Woo-esque short film made to unveil a brand new IP from Square Enix London called Sleeping Dogs — a gritty crime thriller dealing with the Hong Kong Triads.
I strongly recommend watching the trailer before you read anymore (but note that it’s bloody and brutal, so keep the kids away). There’s a twist at the end that sets up a big plot point from the game.
Okay, watched it? Back with me? Let’s continue.
Sleeping Dogs puts you in the shoes of Wei Shen, a cop and talented fighter who’s given a difficult assignment: go undercover with the Triads to try and bring it down from the inside. As you saw in the trailer, it takes some doing, but he does earn the Triads’ trust. The game will build on this, placing the player in increasingly sticky situations that require tough moral choices and lightning-fast combat skills. Will Shen hold to his purpose, or will he get sucked too far into the world of the Triads?
You’ll be able to freely explore Hong Kong island, Grand Theft Auto style. Every spot, every landmark, every street corner or skyscraper building potentially offers some new mission or confrontation for you to deal with. Shen will engage in hand-to-hand martial arts, vehicle races through bustling city streets, and intense shoot-outs. Square Enix London is particularly excited about its new combat system, which it claims is much more intuitive than your standard fare, giving you access to bone-crunching moves that can be used against multiple enemies at one time.
In addition to guns and martial arts, you’ll also be able to take full advantage of the interactive environment around you, using anything and everything you see to your advantage. The developer cites examples such as circular saws, incinerators, refrigerator doors, and phone booths as just a few of the kinds of things you can use for defense and offense.
Sleeping Dogs is expected to drop later this year for PS3, Xbox 360, and PC. Take a look at the first screens from the game below. Then let us know what you think of Sleeping Dogs in the comment area.