Xbox One and PlayStation 4 owners may be growing tired of the numerous amounts of ports and remakes, though one such port that was largely unexpected was United Front Games’ Sleeping Dogs. A bit of an underrated title, but praised by many who played it, Sleeping Dogs was a welcome departure from the rest of the games that came out in 2012 that also managed to avoid the easy comparisons to Rockstar’s own Grand Theft Auto.
Coming over a month later since Square Enix officially announced Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition, the publisher and developer have released a new ‘101’ trailer for the next-gen version, which delves into the improvements made to the game, as well as all the content players are welcomed to experience. Perhaps for the first time.
Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition claims to take advantage of the power and resources of the current-gen consoles, allowing the long in-development game to make the leap to native 1080p and show off the new and improved texture models. According to the press release, this results in “increased traffic and pedestrian density, new lighting, ambient fog and improved gameplay.” If these tweaks and improvements can refine the hand-to-hand combat and make the gunplay less of a disappointment, then this will truly be the ‘definitive’ version of the game.
Naturally, this wouldn’t be the end-all-be-all edition of a game without the DLC that came after launch. All 24 pieces of DLC, spread across several add-on packs like Year of the Snake and Nightmare in North Point, come with the new release. There are some that may pass up this version of the game, however, as the original PC release for Sleeping Dogs featured improved visuals and, on Steam, you could just buy the game with all of its DLC for $30. As of right now, the Definitive Edition will retail for twice as much, at a full $59.99.
Just yesterday, the trailer for United Front’s next game, Triad Wars, was released. Set in the same universe as Sleeping Dogs, Triad Wars is a PC-only, free-to-play title, that places players in the role of an up-and-coming criminal kingpin. The game will keep the same melee combat and gunplay of its predecessor, but also allows players to engage in extortion, hacking & money laundering. Punching people in the face is blunt and rather effective, but it’s not the only way to gain power.
Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition releases on October 10, 2014 in Europe and October 14, 2014 in North America for PC, pS4 and Xbox One. You can register for the Triad Wars closed beta now.