Rumor: SCEA Pulls L.A. Noire Funding
If you're wondering why you haven't heard much about L.A. Noire for a while, Surfer Girl offers a possible reason as to why: Sony may have pulled Team Bondi's funding for the game.
Set to be published by Rockstar and believed to be a PS3-exclusive (obviously, because Sony was funding the game), it seems Team Bondi may have missed one too many deadlines. And if this is true, and Sony really did yank the money, there's nothing stopping the game from arriving on other platforms. We knew SCEA was the one and only source of funding for L.A. Noire, and without them...well, just about anything can happen. It could result in a complete cancellation of the project, although we're hoping this doesn't happen. In fact, Surfer Girl did add to the rumor by adding more information on the promising title:
Because the game is supposed to take place in the 1940s in Los Angeles, the team is planning to include plenty of jazz music to reflect the reality of the time. Furthermore, they wish to fill L.A. with a wide variety of NPCs, and implement a unique gameplay mechanic that revolves around detective research. This could result in a very original game that'll turn a lot of heads, but if this rumor is true, they're gonna have to find a new source of funds. On top of which, PS3 exclusivity is also in question. We'll keep an eye on this to see what transpires.
Related Game(s): L.A. Noire
3/20/2008 Ben Dutka