Square Enix and United Front Games have this week announced the development of an upgraded version of their open-world third-person-shooter Sleeping Dogs for release later this year. Titled Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition, the expanded package will contain not only the main campaign of the original product, but additional content such as all of the DLC packs which were released in the aftermath of its August 2012 launch.
Now, whilst we've no doubt that most readers will know what's coming next, we'll state the blindingly obvious nonetheless: the so-called Definitive remake will be shipping exclusively on next-generation hardware. Why? To be oh-so-brutally frank, for all its ambition, Sleeping Dogs wasn't a stellar open-world experience, not least as it seemed to cower in the shadow of Grand Theft Auto in particular and therefore suffered greatly by launching just a year in advance of the incredibly audacious GTA V. Sales were respectable enough, sure, yet plenty of 2012 titles acquired far stronger final sales figures and that Rockstar North's upscaled next-gen rendition of their latest (and arguably finest) technological marvel will launch in relatively close proximity isn't going to help matters either. Praying for a miracle seems like Square Enix's best bet at this stage, or at least it would be if we didn't traditionally rely on Rockstar for those...
Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition will hijack Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC consoles this October 10th.