Team Bondi, the developer behind the Rockstar-publisher L.A Noire might be no more, according to multiple reports.
It means their long-in-development game, Whore of the Orient, will likely never see release. According to reports staff have been let go – and while the company has yet to functionally close down, it’s looking like a dead cert.
Apparently the studio was unable to secure the necessary financial backing, or willing publisher for Whore of the Orient; a game we know little about. It was first announced in 2011, and teased to be “One of the great untold stories of the twentieth century.” Now it looks like that story will remain untold.
This shouldn’t really come as much of a surprise. A game with “whore” in the title is a hard sell in the sexually repressed west.
L.A Noire is generally considered to be a success, with 3 million units sold in its first week. without Rockstar’s marketing muscle though, it’s unlikely any follow-up would do the same numbers. Plus, with Team Bondi – and specifically Brendan McNamara’s reputation, it’s possible nobody wants to work with them at all.
L.A Noire is known for its incredible facial animation, layered on top of far less spectacular motion capture. I’m a little ambivalent about the game; it promised so much – and delivered very little of it, with its central investigations not really having any real effect or outcome on the linear story.
Whore of the Orient was expected to release on next-gen systems in 2015.