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Activision cancels True Crime: Hong Kong

Activision cancels True Crime: Hong Kong

Activision has cancelled United Front's True Crime: Hong Kong in a series of cancellations.

Activision has cancelled United Front's True Crime: Hong Kong in a series of culls and cancellations to hit the publisher today.

In a blunt explanation as to why the game had been so abruptly cancelled, Activision Publishing's CEO Eric Hirschberg said that the company just did not have faith in the quality of the title.

'Even our most optimistic internal projections show that continued investment was not going to lead to a title at, or near, the top of the competitive open world genre,' he said.

'In an industry where only the best games in each category are flourishing, to be blunt, it just wasn't going to be good enough.'

'These are tough decisions but we believe they are the right decision being made for the right reasons and they reflect our ongoing commitment to delivering the games that gamers want to play.'

True Crime: Hong Kong was to be an open-world shooter and sequel to 2005's True Crime: New York. It would have launched on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC in Q2 2011.

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Repo 10th February 2011, 10:48 Quote
If it only had a couple of months of development and testing left then why cancel? At least they would have got some money back on it?
CardJoe 10th February 2011, 10:51 Quote
Because it's not as simple as letting it live a few more months, probably. It would be a case of continuing to pay all the staff and all the testers for that time, advertising costs, release and manufacturing costs, all just to release a game that might not even produce enough profit to cover one of those costs alone.
louist44 10th February 2011, 11:09 Quote
was looking forward to this :(
eVoPhantom 10th February 2011, 11:17 Quote
I really enjoyed the original on the Gamecube although new york version was pretty crap and filled with bugs.
Repo 10th February 2011, 11:33 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by CardJoe
Because it's not as simple as letting it live a few more months, probably. It would be a case of continuing to pay all the staff and all the testers for that time, advertising costs, release and manufacturing costs, all just to release a game that might not even produce enough profit to cover one of those costs alone.
I probably should have explained better...

How much time and money have Activision already invested in this title? Several million, another few hundred thousand isn't going to make a lot of difference at this point unless the game was totally and wasn't going to sell any at all. If that's the case then it should have been cancelled a lot earlier.
javaman 10th February 2011, 12:37 Quote
First sucked and never played the 2nd. While it was a great concept GTA just felt better. Plus those stupid stealth missions just pissed me off. I don't think the problem is with cash considering they own the golden cow *cough* warcraft *cough* I call complete bull on that excuse.
Skiddywinks 10th February 2011, 13:12 Quote
Surprising, considering I only read this a few days ago.

To be honest, I haven't been following it in the slightest, but with a title like that I thought it worth going through. They seemed to be really impressed.
Unknownsock 10th February 2011, 18:00 Quote
I get the feeling Activision are getting too big for their own boots, if it won't be nearly as big as WoW or CoD , it's a failure?
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