Sleeping Dogs is one of those quietly under-appreciated games; not because it was brilliant, but because it was surprisingly alright despite all appearances to the contrary. Curiosity abounds then for the follow-up, which is called simply Triad Wars. It’s the “flip-side” of Sleeping Dogs, which apparently means it’s an online-only “open world action strategy game”. Hmm. There’s a a trailer full of footage and talking developers below, which explains more of what that means.
This is interesting! I’m often frustrated that open-world games don’t let you change that world in any meaningful way, so an online version of Sleeping Dogs where you can work as a criminal to capture parts of the city might scratch that itch. I’m also not against the idea of taking Sleeping Dogs’ context-sensitive combat – with all its silly swordfish-skewering kill moves – into a place where I can perform those actions against other people.
Assuming of course that the MMO-ness doesn’t make that combat guff.
If you’ve got questions, there’s a Reddit AMA happening at 12pm PST today. This is the first peep about the game since its initial announcement last October.
Sleeping Dogs itself had a troubled development, beginning life as a follow-up to the True Crime series before being abandoned by Activision and picked up by Square Enix. Alec liked the result quite a bit, even if he found it ultimately forgettable.
Thanks, PC Gamer.