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True Crime delay 'has paid off'

Driving, shooting and fighting mechanics greatly improved, says Activision CEO

Activision CEO Eric Hirshberg has offered assurance that the August delay of True Crime: Hong Kong has "paid off".

The game was originally due for release in late 2010 but was booted back to a 2011 release, Activision saying at the time that the dev team needed "more time to deliver the high-quality entertainment experience they envision for the game."

Now it's coming along nicely, assures Hirshberg. "The additional development time invested in this game has really paid off, for gameplay mechanic the make the fighting and shooting as sophisticated as the driving, which is something that's very hard to achieve in the open-world genre," he said during an investors call today.

Activision pins True Crime: HK as one of next year's big releases alongside the next Call of Duty game, Bungie's as yet unrevealed new IP and an "exciting new kid's IP".