We’ve known for a while now that United Front Games has been working on a PC-only spin-off from Sleeping Dogs, but the developer has finally taken the wraps off of Triad Wars, an online open-world action-adventure game where the player’s aim is to rise to the top of the criminal hierarchy in the Triad underworld.

As masterminds of their own Hong Kong criminal enterprise, players must manage and build their gang, overseeing turf wars and ordering street hits in the rise to the top. United Front Games claim it’ll be a pure sandbox capable of sitting alongside the likes of Grand Theft Auto Online in the ranks of online crime.

Nearly every aspect of organised crime looks to be featured, including counterfeiting, smuggling, and extortion, although it remains to be seen whether you can manage your own legit ‘waste management’ business. Driven purely as an online experience, UFG claims Triad Wars won't feature a traditional story but will instead evolve over time as players affect the narrative; the Hong Kong at launch could be a massively different one to to the Hong Kong two years down the line.

People liked two things about Sleeping Dogs. They really loved the cop aspect, or they really loved the crime aspect. So we made this one for the criminals,” character designer Rob Olivera said.

Triad Wars is the flipside of Sleeping Dogs. Sleeping Dogs was about taking you on a ride along that story,” explained design director Steve Ferreira. “Triad Wars is the other side of that. It’s all about Hong Kong and the criminal underworld within Hong Kong. And this is about you creating your own game.

Triad Wars is due out in early 2015 and you can sign up to the beta right now on its official website. It’s not the only Sleeping Dogs game coming either, with Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition arriving worldwide on October 10th for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One, collecting together all of the released DLC and enhancing the visuals. Is this the Sleeping Dogs successor you were hoping for? Think Triad Wars has got potential? Let us know!