Posts Tagged ‘United Front Games’

Rumour: Sleeping Dogs Studio United Front Closing

Rumour has it that Canadian studio United Front Games have closed down with a great suddenness. They’re best known for open-world crime simulator Sleeping Dogs, and most recently took multiplayer futurecrime brawler Smash+Grab to Steam Early Access. United Front haven’t formally announced anything yet, but scattered tweets and whispers suggest they’re done for. Smash+Grab has been pulled from sale too. Heck, this is mighty sudden – S+G held a free trial only last weekend. Hurling a brick as a Hail Mary pass.

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Alice And Pip Talk Multiplayer Looter Smash+Grab

3v3 competitive futurecrime simulator Smash+Grab [official site] is currently holding a free trial weekend on Steam. Currently in early access, it’s the latest from Sleeping Dogs studio United Front Games. Pip and Alice (and Graham but he’s off swanning around on hols today, flashing his raided jewels) have played a bit together and now reconvene to discuss crimes.

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Dystopian Crimesport: Sleeping Dogs Dev’s Smash+Grab

Smash+Grab [official site], the new crime ’em up from Sleeping Dogs developers United Front Games, is now out in early access. It’s team-based futuresports about gangs smashing up shops and stealing stuff while interrupting the other team’s efforts with a bit of a kicking. A bit like Sleeping Dogs, it’s big on melee combat with grapples, counters, and whatnot. Smash+Grab actually came out last week but evidently I missed it because that name makes no impact at all.

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Smash + Grab = New Bruiser From Sleeping Dogs Team

The studio responsible for open-world martial arts brawler Sleeping Dogs is bringing out a competitive multiplayer punch-up set in a corporate dystopia, they announced today. Smash + Grab [official site] will feature the contestants of an underground competition in which factions smash windows and break down the doors of shops to collect as much loot as they can, fighting off other gangs in the process using third-person combat. The first gang to scoop $50,000 worth of riot loot wins. Come and see, it looks daft.

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Sleeping Dogs F2P Spin-Off Triad Wars Closing

Sleeping Dogs is a pretty fun open-world murder simulator, sending an undercover cop punching and kicking and sticking-heads-in-fansing around the Hong Kong underworld (have you played it?), but its follow-up was not really the game expected or wanted. Triad Wars [official site] took the city into a free-to-play online thingy, played solo but with asynchronous multiplayer where you build an empire while interfering with AI-controlled representations of other players’ operations. It was not e.g. Sleeping Dogs 2. Soon it’ll be nothing, as it’s shutting down later this month without even leaving beta.

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Triad Wars Lets Sleeping Dogs Name Lie, Is Online-Only

One punch to your expectations.

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.

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