Sleeping Dogs developers talk DLC and the possibility of a franchise

Sleeping Dogs - Nightmare in North Point

By on October 30, 2012 at 5:26 pm

With its first DLC pack on the way, Sleeping Dogs producer Dan Sochan has sat down with Official Playstation Magazine UK to talk about the games DLC packs and the possibility of a sequel – or even a franchise!

“A few months before we shipped Square told us they wanted to do DLC so we made sure we could technically do add ons. But we really spent every waking hour and then some making sure the game was as polished and as bug free as it could be,” Sochan told OPM, describing how the DLC isn’t anything cut from the game or in anyway held back. Work on the DLC didn’t begin until Sleeping Dogs was “done and shipped out the door”.

But when work on the game’s extra content did begin, the team wanted to make sure they had fun with it. “We were all really tired and a little burned out after the full game, but working on something that was a complete departure from what we had done in the past was invigorating.” The inspiration for the DLC’s content came, Sochan said, mainly from timing. “When looking at our timeline we said ‘Well, our first gameplay pack would be coming out around Halloween. We looked at Big Trouble In Little China, Chinese lore and this idea of hopping vampires. We thought the idea of these Jiang Shi, hopping vampires, is something very unique and different.”

So what about the future for Sleeping Dogs? At the moment, Sochan said, they have 6 months worth of DLC planned. As far as a sequel goes, “Square, from the very beginning, were showing that they believed in us and believed in this game as a potential franchise.” When it comes to specifics, though, Sochan had to be more circumspect, “I can’t really comment on a sequel right now. Our main focus is on putting out quality DLC so people see value and continue to want to show interest in the franchise. Then we can evaluate and look at it at that point.”

Source: Official Playstation Magazine UK

8 comments (Leave your own)

Rumour has it, from totally legit sources *cough* there is something like 16 DLC packs planned or something crazy.

 

Is that taking into account the already released DLC packs though? They’re talking proper DLC in this article, like the zombie/vampire/whatever the hell DLC due out in a few days.

 
TheOriginalDaniel

Listening to the OST right now, Some interesting tunes.

As for the game I’m ruffly 17hours in and thoroughly enjoying all the game has to offer :) As long as the DLC provides good content and is priced fairly i’ll be happy to purchase.

I love that it wasn’t a half assed port, The majority of the current DLC is boosts why someone would want to get xp,face,cash boosts instead of earning it fairly in game is a mystery to me as id imagine it would really ruin a large amount of the games fun.

Bring on more Sleeping Dogs content, I picked up this game for $25 during the sale and if you like Martial Arts and GTA style games you’ll love this.

 

I dunno, i didnt really like the game. i finished the first required start missions I looked at the map to see what mischief i can get up to and laughed and uninstalled it.

 

Majority of DLC released so far in the game have just been skins/cop mission packs. I imagine small packs like this are included int the “16 or so” DLC to be released.

There’s a LOT of disappointment on the forums that the Police S.W.A.T. skins/armour isn’t wearable during the normal game, only during mission (like that High Speed chase mini-game). I’ve bought some DLC which were 75% off during a recent weekend sale, but also as a show of support to the developer.

I actually bought the silver booster pack, mainly because it appears that you don’t easily max out your Triad XP prior to the end game. Most people mention you need to replay and grind Triad (Story) missions in order to level your Triad XP up. I was already close to maxing out my Face and Cop XP anyway.

 

By the end of the game I was halfway to max triad level, full cop level and full face level, I ended up buying all the DLC the other week which put me to level 10 for triad. Also, the swat armour and weapon were made available in another DLC pack, so you can get them and run around with them now.

 

theoriginaldaniel:
Listening to the OST right now, Some interesting tunes.

As for the game I’m ruffly 17hours in and thoroughly enjoying all the game has to offer :) As long as the DLC provides good content and is priced fairly i’ll be happy to purchase.

I love that it wasn’t a half assed port, The majority of the current DLC is boosts why someone would want to get xp,face,cash boosts instead of earning it fairly in game is a mystery to me as id imagine it would really ruin a large amount of the games fun.

Bring on more Sleeping Dogs content, I picked up this game for $25 during the sale and if you like Martial Arts and GTA style games you’ll love this.

Having brought all the DLC on sale the other week before I’d played the game 1st, have to say that yeah the face and cop xp boosts did kinda ruin it a bit (especially since I did every single side mission), still didn’t max out triad xp till a few missions from the end though, and I was wearing clothing that boosted triad xp as well for most of the game.

Despite that, the game was thoroughly enjoyable. Only finished the end game mission last night, with around 32 hours on the clock, just have a few missions I somehow missed and minor achievements to get. Buying the DLC on Steam as I type this.

 

Just tried out the DLC.
Really really boring. 4 missions: drive here, punch up these guys. Drive there, punch up these guys. The end.
$5.
Meh I’d have enjoyed an extra large coffee more.

 
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