LA Noire developer shuttered – rumour

Thursday, 18th April 2013 06:26 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Multiple reports suggests the development group formerly known as Team Bondi has been let go after the LA Noire studio was unable to find a publisher for new project Whore of the Orient.

Player Attack and MCV both cite anonymous sources for the news.

Staff are said to have been let go, but the studio is yet to be formally closed. The reason for the closure is said to be that the developer could not find financial backing for Whore of the Orient. The project is not necessarily cancelled if its development team has been closed; it may be frozen until backing is secured and staff can be re-hired.

We don’t know much about Whore of the Orient; it was first announced in November 2011, possibly ahead of schedule. A few details about setting and plot slipped out of a website once, and it was expected on PlayStation 4 and the next Xbox console in 2015.

Team Bondi was led by Brendan McNamara. It went into administration in September 2011, four months after the release of LA Noire, with staff believed to have missed out on significant income as a result. Many of the studio’s assets were bought out by film production company Kennedy Miller Mitchell, and some staff also made the jump.

The developer was plagued by scandal during its lifetime; staff complained of poor treatment and ;ack of proper crediting, a charge McNamara vehemently disputed.



  1. Yoshi

    In a world where Publishers are afraid to back games with females leads..did they really believe they’d get backing for a game called ‘Whore of the Orient’.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Cobra951

    Females don’t have a thing to do with it. Look at that title. No publisher who even thinks for a moment about an underage market is going to back that.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. Francis O

    After playing LA Noire…. I wouldn’t touch anything these guys make. That game controlled like a brick and overall was novel, but didn’t hold up.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. Erthazus

    LA Noire was crap or a huge pile of mess. Nothing more to add.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. Max Payne

    La Noire wasn’t perfect but for this gen it was very unique.
    It also sold more then 5 millions…

    #5 2 years ago
  6. NooB GobliN

    I really liked LA Noire. It was a serious game for serious players.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. OwnedWhenStoned

    I still haven’t managed to get past the menu on the Steam version. It just won’t work with a mouse / keyboard.

    I think it might be the worst port I’ve ever seen.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. HaMmOdY

    L.A Noire is the most BOOOOZzZzZzRING game ever made! They shut down after the game went multiplat, why would have happened if it were a PS3 exclusive!

    Until they change the name, I don’t see anyone wanting anything to do with that.

    #8 2 years ago
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    #9 2 years ago
  10. Erthazus

    “It was a serious game for serious players.”

    Serious for those who never played Adventure games before it.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. Samoan Spider

    Its a shame, I had fun with it. Played it on the 360 though. I can’t speak for the PC port quality though as whilst I own it, I’ve not played more than 2 minutes of it.

    #11 2 years ago
  12. YoungZer0

    Naw, LA Noire really was crap. So much time, money and energy wasted on a mediocre story and questionable gameplay decisions.

    #12 2 years ago
  13. rbevanx

    Well I really liked LA Noire and it was a good game but…

    Rockstar North and San Diego had to finish the game, as Team Bondi pretty much had a broken game which Rockstar had to fix. They did a cracking job and I think Rockstar in Leeds did the PC version.

    Also that was bad enough with that God of War trophy!

    I do hope someone takes a gamble on it but I imagine it will need a fair amount of work still and it’s a very hard sell.

    #13 2 years ago
  14. Krisgebis

    #10: How so? Most adventure games (I take it you mean point & click adventure games) have witty dialog and “fun” stories. You know, the opposite of serious.

    #14 2 years ago
  15. No_PUDding

    Loved L.A.Noire, this is a real crying shame.

    No sarcasm.

    In the very least, the game offered new mechanics to the AAA scene, and a hugely interesting backdrop.

    #15 2 years ago
  16. Samoan Spider

    @14 Yup, there was never anything more serious than insult sword fighting!

    #16 2 years ago
  17. fihar

    How is L.A. Noire story mediocre? Given the constraint of video game as a medium of storytelling, even Ellroy would be proud of what McNamara did in that game.

    #17 2 years ago
  18. Clupula

    I have still never played L.A. Noire. I’m waiting for the Game of the Year edition to drop to $20.

    Anyway, all I can say is…I can’t imagine why a title called “WHORE of the ORIENT” would have trouble finding a publisher. You can explain that it really is the nickname of Shanghai all you want, it still sounds like you’re creating the absolute worst porn game ever.

    #18 2 years ago
  19. heroes159

    L.A noir is a great game. story is really cool. its a game with a change.its a break from all these shooting crap. its a real shame that they couldn’t find a publisher for this new game. anyway i played the whole game on my PC without any problem. its a good port. played with KB & mouse. never had a single problem.

    #19 2 years ago
  20. chaoszage

    Sad to see this news >_<
    I really love LA noire,it is better than super-duper clunky GTA games.
    I wish I can another game like LA noire,a very unique experience gameplay. The only negative side for me is you cant shoot during free roam.

    #20 2 years ago

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