The detective video game LA Noire from developer Team Bondi and publisher Rockstar Games celebrates its first decade today.
LA Noire was released on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 consoles on May 17, 2011, and on November 8 of the same year, the game also hit the PC, a version for which was developed by Rockstar Leeds. In 2017, Rockstar Games released an updated version of the game for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch platforms.
Due to its troubled development, LA Noire became the first and last game for Australian Team Bondi: in the summer of 2011, shortly after the game’s release, Team Bondi were forced to list their assets for sale, and in October 2011 they finally closed their doors. After the liquidation of the company, most of Team Bondi’s former employees were redirected to KMM Interactive Entertainment – a division of Australian film studio Kennedy Miller Mitchell that bought Team Bondi’s assets – where they began to develop LA Noire’s spiritual heir, Whore of the Orient, set in the corrupt 1936 Shanghai. … However, after the game’s publisher Warner Bros. Games retired from the development of the project, and the people from Team Bondi were fired – Whore of the Orient was frozen, and in 2016 it was officially canceled.
Team Bondi founder and LA Noire Development Lead and Writer Brendan McNamara is currently working with his new studio, Video Games Deluxe, with Rockstar Games to create an AAA game for VR headsets. Previously, Video Games Deluxe released LA Noire: The VR Case Files for the HTC Vive helmet.