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News: No Hope For True Crime 3 As Activision Abandons Franchise Trademark

If you owned a PS2, Xbox or Gamecube back in the day then you may have played through Activision’s open-world crime thriller True Crime. If not, shame on you.

True Crime spawned a sequel that fared a little worse than its predecessor but still performed well. Ever since 2005 fans of the franchise have been patiently waiting for Activision to develop and release sequel.

Whilst we did get a teaser trailer back in 2009 that revealed True Crime 3 would be set within Hong Kong, nothing ever came of it as Activision shut down the project and sold the publishing rights to Square Enix who then released Sleeping Dogs, though it should be noted that Sleeping Dogs doesn’t have any connection with the True Crime series but is considered by many to be the spiritual successor.

So what now? If you’re still waiting ever so patiently for True Crime 3 you’re in for a disappointment. It’s not happening. Activision has seemingly abandoned the franchise after abandoning the True Crime trademark earlier this month.

Sorry guys. Sleeping Dogs will have to suffice in the mean time.

Did you ever play True Crime? Which of your limbs would you give for a True Crime 3? Lock ‘n’ load down in the comments section down below.

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  • Dan Amrich

    When TC:HK was announced, I heard a fair amount of noise about Activision “milking” existing franchises instead of forging ahead with new IP. Maybe that was a factor in letting, ahem, this sleeping dog lie.

    • Chris Harding

      I see what you did there… pretty smooth. Yeah it did seem that Activision had buried it back when Sleeping Dogs was announced, but there was always hope. Alas, that hope is now dead.