The Studio Behind Sleeping Dogs Has Shut Down

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United Front Games, the studio best known for developing Sleeping Dogs, has today closed its doors. And it seems the move was sudden.

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The team were currently working on Smash+Grab, an online “gang warfare” title that only just hit Early Access. It also just had a free weekend on Steam.

In 2014, United Front signed a deal with Nexon to publish the game, which was being hyped and interviewed as recently as...earlier today. Yet tonight Kotaku Australia confirmed that the studio had been closed, with the game also having been taken down off Steam (you can still access its page, but you can’t actually get the game).

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In addition to those titles, United Front also developed two racing games for the PS3 (ModNation Racers & LittleBigPlanet Karting), as well as helping out on Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition, Halo: The Master Chief Collection and Disney Infinity 3.0.

Luke Plunkett is a Senior Editor based in Canberra, Australia. He has written a book on cosplay, designed a game about airplanes, and also runs cosplay.kotaku.com.

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genejacket
Gene Jacket

And there it is.....
Look, I’m all for a studio following their passion and making the games they want to make.

However, you ABSOLUTELY DO NOT follow up a game as good as Sleeping Dogs with something like Triad Wars. A game what was, essentially, exactly the same as Sleeping Dogs....but as an online base building game, and minus all the great character, story, and world building.

You don’t then follow that massive mistake with what looked like, far as I can tell, a goddamn modern day State of Decay.

Sleeping Dogs was better than it had any right to be, better than all the modern GTA games as far as I’m concerned, and the fact that United Front didn’t start work on a sequel as soon as the original was a bonafide success speaks to inept management.

This is a huge fucking bummer, hopefully everyone there lands on their feet and gets an opportunity to make great stuff somewhere else.