LA Noire: Rockstar won't publish next game by developer
No backing from GTA maker for next Team Bondi game. What does it mean for LA Noire 2?
Team Bondi, the developer behind LA Noire, appears to have irrevocably lost the support of the title’s publisher, Rockstar Games. Word is that the latter will not publish Team Bondi’s next game, meaning it will be looking elsewhere for a backer for LA Noire 2.
The news comes from a series of leaked emails written by Team Bondi staffers and accessed by Gamesindustry.biz. The raft of messages focus on poor working practices and claims that Rockstar had to ride to Team Bondi’s rescue on a number of occasions in order to ensure LA Noire’s eventual release. The game took a colossal seven years to make.
One ex-staffer from Team Bondi said, “I've heard a lot about Rockstar's disdain for Team Bondi, and it has been made quite clear that they will not publish Team Bondi's next game.”
The same person goes on to say, “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."
What this means for LA Noire 2 remains a mystery. But those hoping for a quick fire sequel will be disappointed. Without the backing of Rockstar and a slew of bad publicity, Team Bondi, the next edition of the bestseller could be many years away.
Source: T3 Tech Video