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Troubled LA Noire Developer Team Bondi Shutting Down

by William Saw - on Oct 5th 2011 - No Comments

Australian developer responsible for L.A. Noire entered administration late August in an effort to stay open however recent documents suggest that Team Bondi could not find a option and is now shutting down permanently.

The developer has filed a ‘notice of special resolution to wind up company,’ which is used to close up a business. It was reported in August that Team Bondi had sold its IP and assets to multimedia studio Kennedy Miller Mitchell.

Team Bondi, despite L.A. Noire being a commercial and critically acclaimed success, had a seemingly rough time after releasing the game last May. The developer faced internal investigation from the Game Developers Association over troubled development, citing harsh working conditions and delayed payouts, and reportedly a big divide between its publisher, Rockstar Games.

Rockstar is pushing out a PC port of L.A. Noire at its Leeds studio which is expected to release on November 8.

PC Version of L.A. Noire Announced

by William Saw - on Jun 24th 2011 - No Comments

Rockstar has announced the PC version of LA Noire will release this fall. The PC port is developed by Rockstar Leeds and offers “increased fidelity and graphical enhancements,” keyboard remapping, and gamepad support. Support for 3D will be available for those that have the hardware to support it.

The developer claims LA Noire “will run on a wide range of PCs.” LA Noire was released for Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 in May and sold four million copies thus far.

LA Noire DLC ‘Nicholson Electroplating’ Trailer

by William Saw - on Jun 16th 2011 - No Comments

Rockstar’s new DLC for LA Noire, Nicholson Electroplating, gets a trailer showing a glimpse of what to expect from the Arson desk case. It arrives on Xbox Live (320 MSP) and Playstation Network ($3.99) Tuesday, June 21.

In case you were wondering, the Rockstar Pass is still available at its limited-price discount and is extended until June 21, so grab it while you can. (more…)

L.A. Noire Unveils Rockstar Pass Details, DLC Schedule

by William Saw - on May 31st 2011 - No Comments

Rockstar has detailed its content packed DLC release schedule for the investigative crime thriller L.A. Noire. (more…)

Take Two Retains Key Talent, LA Noire Envisioned As A Franchise

by William Saw - on May 24th 2011 - No Comments

Take Two Interactive, the parent company of Rockstar Games, has announced at its quarterly conference call that it has renewed contracts with key talent at Rockstar Games including the Houser brothers and Leslie Benzies, President of Rockstar North.

Rockstar Games continue to be a key pillar for Take Two, even though its games are often left off the company’s portfolio. Agent and Max Payne 3 are currently still in development at the Rockstar studios but do not have a target release window. Yet, Take-Two boasts fondly of Red Dead Redemption‘s success in capturing 8.5 million copies sold to date and with the release of L.A. Noire, Take-Two’s CEO Strauss Zelnick had nothing but praise for the game. (more…)

LA Noire ‘Nicholson Electroplating’ DLC Case Coming June 21

by William Saw - on May 20th 2011 - No Comments

R* Games has opened up a redemption page for its Best Buy promotion, confirming the DLC name and date. Its titled ‘Nicholson Electroplating’ Arson Case and will release June 21.

If you were the lucky 16 people in line to purchase the game at Best Buy earlier this week, you get the DLC for free. Rockstar has not stated a price for the DLC yet, even so, code holders cannot redeem until it is released next month.

Take Two, the parent company of Rockstar, recently recieved a share boost upon the release of LA Noire. So, it’s only good to assume that the game is probably selling well.

LA Noire Hinting at Future DLC Expansion

by William Saw - on May 12th 2011 - No Comments

In an 1UP interview, Team Bondi studio head Brendon McNamara mentions that content cut in LA Noire could possibly make its way as DLC or expansion in the near future. McNamara states, “…as I said earlier, we’ve got two full desks — burglary and bunko — that never made it into the game, so we’ve been thinking those and whether we’ll do them.”

A desk in LA Noire consists of multiple cases, which is similar to the context expansion of Red Dead Redemption’s “Undead Nightmare.” Whether or not, if McNamara is signaling new content or moving on to a new project altogether is yet to be seen, but keep on a look out when LA Noire drops next Tuesday, May 17 and the following weeks to see if Rockstar picks up these “desks” as possible DLC.

LA Noire Launch Trailer Hits

by William Saw - on May 11th 2011 - No Comments

The official launch trailer for Rockstar/Team Bondi’s LA Noire released today conveying action-packed shootouts and cinematic shots that contrast with the nuanced, detailed investigations from videos seen previously. Scenes shown in the trailer come from the Vice desk case, detailing the food chain of corruption starting from lowly drug dealers and ending with the highest ranks of the LAPD.

LA Noire is due for release next Tuesday, May 17 for Xbox 360 and PS3. (more…)

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