The Dog Days are set to begin on August 24

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 Kane and Lynch, arguably one of gaming’s most infamous duos, is coming back with Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days. The title is set to be released by Eidos on August 24, 2010 in North America. The original game, launched back in 2007, lit a firestorm debate in the gaming industry regarding media and developer relations. The game itself was average, but saw success thanks to the controversy around it. The final sales of the project were enough to warrant a sequel from IO and Eidos.

Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days reunites the due in the shadows of Shanghai. The folks at IO Interactive claim that they have taken the game back to the drawing board(s) and re-designed it from the ground up. The game is said to resemble a documentary in terms of its style and presentation. This time around, Lynch is going to be the one sitting in the driver’s seat and the story will focus mainly on him and his new found life in Shanghai. I enjoyed the first game myself and felt is was definitely worth my playing through… hopefully the sequel can take the game to the next level and make it something that more people can enjoy.

It should also be noted that Eidos and IO are ramping up the marketing of the game with an offer available through the official web site. Players who go to the web site and register will receive a free map pack for the multiplayer mode of the game when it launches. The “Heat Maps” map pack will be given to registrants after August 24 though details on what exactly is included in that pack are scarce at this time.

The full press release announcing the release is available after the jump…

Street date announced for North America and Europe

COPENHAGEN (March 17, 2010) — IO Interactive, a part of Square Enix Europe, is pleased to confirm that Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days™ will release on August 24, 2010 in North America and August 27 throughout Europe and other PAL territories, on Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, and Windows PC.

A raw and brutal crime shooter, Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days follows two disturbed criminals, Lynch – an impulsive and reckless self-medicated psychopath and Kane – a tactical but disillusioned and desperate ex-mercenary, through 48 hours of hell.

“We believe the unique visuals and relentless gameplay has created an intensity never delivered in a videogame before,” said Niels Jørgensen, general manager of IO Interactive. “In a genre where so many games look and feel the same, Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days will make people double-take. We think it’s going to make quite an impression.”

Introducing a new visual experience inspired by documentary filmmakers and the user-generated era. Players are pulled into the game world, with every move and shift of the camera capturing the mayhem, in an unscripted style.

Beyond the stylized look and violent story, Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days delivers all-new multiplayer modes as the highly celebrated Fragile Alliance returns, along with new Undercover Cop, Cops & Robbers and Arcade modes, with each mode raising the stakes of greed, betrayal, and revenge.

IO Interactive is proud to share the first in-game footage of Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days in a trailer titled ‘Welcome to Shanghai’, which gives players a peek in to the story and situations Kane and Lynch will be faced with. An extended version of the trailer can be found exclusively on the official Web site –

Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days will be available for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system and Games for Windows® and will be released under the EIDOS brand portfolio. All formats will release in-stores on August 24, 2010 in North America and August 27, 2010 in Europe and other PAL territories.
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