True Crime on the streets of Hong Kong may live to see the light of day after all, now that Square Enix confirms it has scored publishing rights for the multiplatform action adventure off of Activision. You may recall that Activision was forced to bury its own plans to release True Crime: Hong Kong earlier this year, explaining in an investor call back in Februrary that the title just didn't look like it will turn out good enough for its standards.
It seems Square Enix saw some opportunity in the latest True Crime title where Activision didn't, and will be releasing it under its own banner. While Square Enix is scooping up what remained of True Crime: Hong Kong, it has not acquired the True Crime IP itself from Activision. As a result, True Crime: Hong Kong will live to see the light of day with a new brand name under the Square Enix's Chocobo wing.
United Front Games (Modnation Racers) will continue to serve as developer for whatever True Crime: Hong Kong will end up becoming, meaning Square Enix wants the studio to finish the job it started under Activision before things went downhill back in Februrary. UFG had continued work on the title at a "slower burn", but now that Square Enix is backing them this time, the studio is ready to rumble once again.