The True Crime game canned by publisher Activision earlier this year has been revived. It just won't bear the True Crime name at its new home, Final Fantasy, Deus Ex and Hitman publisher Square Enix.
Gamasutra reports that the game once known as True Crime: Hong Kong has been snapped up by the Japanese publisher. The multiplatform game is still in development at Vancouver-based United Front Games but is now being managed by Square Enix London Studios, the entity originally founded by the Square Enix-owned Eidos in 2008.
Square Enix London Studios general manager Lee Singleton tells Gamasutra that the True Crime acquisition will be "a fantastic opportunity to create a new and unique franchise which gamers will come to know and love for years to come." Square Enix did not acquire the True Crime IP, however, and the game will carry on with a new name. (Can I suggest Black Lotus, Square Enix?)
Original publisher Activision officially announced the True Crime reboot in December 2009, anticipating a late 2010 release. The game was ultimately delayed to 2011, then outright canceled by Activision, which said the title "just wasn't going to be good enough."
No firm release on the renamed and revived True Crime, a game that was originally planned for a release on the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC.