Prior to Hitman: Absolution, IO Interactive put out Kane & Lynch 2. Even though some people hated it, we here at Ripen thoroughly enjoyed it and have been waiting for a sequel. If you’re like us, your prayers may soon be answered.

Square Enix recently trademarked “Sleeping Dogs”. Since the previous Kane & Lynch had a subtitle with “dogs” in it, this seems like a natural indication of a sequel.  IO is currently working on the next Hitman, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t another developer working on it or that IO isn’t working on both games side by side. The only other logical conclusion is that Square Enix is making a Nintendogs competitor. Where you press B to sleep harder. Zzzzzzzzzzzzz.

via [Joystiq]