United Front Games-developed open-world title canned because “it just wasn’t going to be good enough.”
Activision Blizzard confirmed last night that it has cancelled development of open-world title True Crime: Hong Kong.
The publisher’s financial statements for the final three months of 2010 were accompanied by a press release saying: “The company will stop development on True Crime: Hong Kong. This decision is based on the desire to focus on the greatest opportunities that the company currently has to create the world’s best interactive entertainment experiences.”
Activision Publishing CEO Eric Hirshberg said that the game was cancelled for quality reasons, saying: “Even our most optimistic internal projections show that continued investment was not going to lead to a title at, or near, the top of the competitive open-world genre.
"In an industry where only the best games in each category are flourishing, to be blunt, it just wasn’t going to be good enough."
True Crime: Hong Kong was to be the first appearance of the franchise since 2005’s True Crime: New York. It was being developed by ModNation Racers studio United Front Games, who posted a statement on their website agreeing with Hirshberg’s sentiments.
“We are sorry we did not get a chance to complete this project with Activision, but we understand why,” the developer wrote. “We are both committed to doing quality games and nothing less. Maybe we will have a chance to work together in the future, but in the meantime we are setting our creative sights on a different horizon.”
Activision’s financial results showed record earnings per share and an annual increase in profits of 370 per cent, but has disbanded its Guitar Hero business function and appears to have also lost faith in the Tony Hawk franchise, saying it would not be releasing a skateboarding game in 2011.