Thursday, 27 September 2012

OnLive Released Sleeping Dogs to the Marketplace - The Report of Their Death was an Exaggeration

Sleeping Dogs is the first blockbuster game released on OnLive after going through ABC bankruptcy and starting their reorganization. Therefore OnLive felt it necessary to make a post on their Facebook page (UK and Belgium post) to let their fans know of this fact:

The moment you've all been waiting for: Sleeping Dogs has arrived to OnLive! Blow the lid off Hong Kong’s deadliest criminal organization—without blowing your cover. Purchase the Sleeping Dogs Digital Edition and receive the base game plus the Triad Enforcer Pack! (Purchase the Sleeping Dogs Limited Edition and receive the base game plus the Police Protection Pack along with the Georges St. Pierre (GSP) Pack!)

We also wanted to take a moment to point out Mark Twain's famous quote:
"the report of my death was an exaggeration."

…and to acknowledge that since the recent transition to a new corporate owner, we have had our hands full rebooting the business, including work to re-engage with all our publishing partners. We appreciate your patience and are focused on ensuring the Game Service remains up and running, and on continuing to provide the best cloud gaming experience available! Thanks again for all your support.

OnLive is now actually selling two editions of the game. In the US you can get the Sleeping Dogs - Digital Edition for $49.99 ($34.99 PlayPack). The Sleeping Dogs - Digital Edition includes the base game as well as the Sleeping Dogs - Triad Enforcer Pack add-on.

In the UK and Belgium you can get the Sleeping Dogs - Limited Edition. It costs £29.99 in the UK (£20.99 PlayPack) and €49.99 in Belgium (€34.99 PlayPack). The Sleeping Dogs - Limited Edition includes the base game as well as the Sleeping Dogs - GSP Pack (Belgium) and the Sleeping Dogs - Police Protection Pack (Belgium) add-ons.

Sleeping Dogs is an open world crime drama action game published by Square Enix and developed by United Front Games. The game had quite an interesting development history as it was originally in development as Black Lotus, later it was announced as True Crime: Hong Kong, the third installment and a reboot of the True Crime series. As a result of the game's high development budget, delays and Activision's greed, it was canceled by Activision. Then Square Enix picked up the publishing rights to the game, but renamed it to Sleeping Dogs as they didn't purchase the True Crime name rights. As Square Enix is a strong supporter of OnLive, they can feel lucky that the game had such a troubled development history and Square Enix picked it up. Would the game still be with Activision, it wouldn't be on OnLive, as Activision doesn't yet publish any games on OnLive.

In Sleeping Dogs you are welcomed to Hong Kong, a vibrant neon city teaming with life, whose exotic locations and busy streets hide one of the most powerful and dangerous criminal organizations in the world: the Triads.

In this open world game, you play the role of Wei Shen, an undercover cop trying to take down the Triads from the inside out. You'll have to prove yourself worthy as you fight your way up the organization, taking part in brutal criminal activities without blowing your cover. Torn between your loyalty to the badge and a criminal code of honor, you will risk everything as the lines between truth, loyalty and justice become permanently blurred.

Key Features:
  • A mature and gritty undercover cop drama in which you risk blowing your cover at any time.
  • Explosive action fueled by a seamless mix of deadly martial arts, intense gunfights and brutal takedowns.
  • Epic high-speed thrills: Burn up the streets or tear up the sea in a vast array of exotic cars, superbikes and speedboats.
  • Hong Kong is your playground: Enter illegal races, gamble on cock fights, or kick back with some karaoke. There are countless ways to entertain yourself in Hong Kong's diverse districts.

Sleeping Dogs - Triad Enforcer Pack Add-On

It's a high-speed shoot out in 'Triad Highway.' Armed with a high capacity machine gun, fight a tide of Triads after your head. 'Death by 1,000 Cuts' puts you in a brutal fight club taking on the Triads with a razor sharp golden cleaver. Wear the Triad Enforcer outfit for added Face and more punishing damage.

Sleeping Dogs - GSP Pack Add-On

Dress like Mixed Martial Arts champion Georges St-Pierre (GSP) with this collection of shorts, t-shirts and bandana, and devastate your enemies with GSP's signature flying punch. The GSP outfit unlocks GSP's signature Flying Punch as well as unlocks increased grappling and throwing damage.

Sleeping Dogs - Police Protection Pack Add-On

The "High Speed" Mission lets you join the Hong Kong Police Department SWAT Unit in an all out street war with the Triads. Swerve through traffic, explosions and gun fire as you chase down your targets in an exclusive Swat Police Car. With The Police Protection Pack Assault Rifle you can take your enemies out with either a single shot or a spray of bullets.

Metascore: 82

You can buy the Sleeping Dogs - Digital Edition for the US powered by OnLive.

You can buy the Sleeping Dogs - Limited Edition for the UK powered by OnLive.

You can buy the Sleeping Dogs - Limited Edition for Belgium powered by OnLive.

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