Report – Rockstar “will not publish” next Bondi project

Tuesday, 5 July 2011 08:26 GMT By Johnny Cullen

“Disdain” for LA Noire developer Team Bondi on the game’s development from publisher Rockstar means it won’t publish the Sydney studio’s next game, a wide-ranging expose on is reporting.

The article claims that the developer is “trying to find another publisher for their next title, but the relationship with Rockstar has been badly damaged – Brendan treats L.A. Noire like a success due to his vision but I think Rockstar are the ones who saved the project.

“They continued to sink money into LA Noire, and their marketing was fantastic. Without their continued support, Team Bondi would have gone under several years ago.”

It’s also noted in the feature that Rockstar were keen at taking over Bondi and turning it into a Rockstar Sydney subsidiary.

“The more they worked with Team Bondi management, the more they came to understand that this was a terrible idea.”

One instance of how strained the relationship was between Rockstar and Bondi was an email from studio boss Brendan McNamara over the game’s new logo compared to the one shown at its announce in 2006.

“Every dog has its day and there’s going to be hell to pay for this one. I’ll never forget being treated like an absolute **** by these people.”

This follows up an original expose on the studio at IGN just a week-and-a-half ago. The IGDA said afterwards it would investigate the original claims.

There’s more at the link. It’s quite a great read for what it’s worth.

LA Noire launches back in May for PS3 and 360. It’ll release on PC this coming autumn.