We’ve seen a number of articles looking at the competition Grand Theft Auto 5 will face and while there are some amazing games on the way, Sleeping Dogs being one of them, most of these games lack the past Grand Theft Auto has and some people feel none can meet the expected sales for GTA V.
Activision hinted at the unstoppable force of GTA V – June of last year saw Activision’s CEO, Eric Hirshberg, explain exactly why they had to cancel True Crime: Hong Kong, which later became known as Sleeping Dogs once Square Enix bought the rights for publishing. Hirshberg explained last year that competition in open world games reached new heights, and “became stiffer“. This meant that only the biggest games in this genre succeed with Grand Theft Auto being the biggest, and the CEO named that franchise directly as a reason for canceling True Crime: Hong Kong.
Hirshberg didn’t see that the game could be a “blockbuster“, especially not on the scale of the upcoming GTA V, although most gamers agree the renamed “Sleeping Dogs” looks beautiful. You can see a screenshot from Sleeping Dogs above, and also the “GSP: Master Fighter” video below this article that has only just released. This game will let you explore the world of Hong Kong and hopes to find its place in a market owned by GTA. Sleeping Dogs has a US release date of August 14, 2012.
Are there any real GTA V contenders? While Sleeping Dogs looks amazing it won’t come anywhere near GTA V in terms of sales, and this is thanks to the brand that Grand Theft Auto has become over the years. Sleeping Dogs can have a piece of the cake and grow over time, with a lot of luck, but even if it launches with some improvements on GTA it still lacks the following built over years.
Another so-called contender is Watch Dogs, which looks amazing as well, but again it lacks the vital fan base that GTA 5 will launch with for instant success. It’s great to see new games launching like Sleeping Dogs and Watch Dogs, but it would take a major development disaster with GTA 5 to claim anywhere near the sales.
Did Activision do the right thing last year by dropping True Crime: Hong Kong, now known as Sleeping Dogs, or does this game stand a chance for sales success next to Grand Theft Auto 5?