The Past Of L.A. Noire: Dark And Murky
We're really liking the look and feel of L.A. Noire and we're anxiously anticipating the big unveiling next month. But as most of you know, this game has had a dark and mysterious past...and perhaps a rockier one than you may have imagined.
Everyone is zeroing in on the new Voracious Sh** Twitter page, which is supposedly the account of a source close to Team Bondi, developer for L.A. Noire. Now, you can go through the dozens of updates and piece together the story but Kotaku has taken the trouble to summarize the entire ordeal. You can read the whole rundown over there but here's the general gist: Brendan McNamara, the creator behind The Getaway and founder of Team Bondi studios apparently had the idea for an "interactive 3D noire" that would "fu***** blow Rockstar out of the water." Now, Sony gave him the opportunity to realize his vision and they started working on this title way back in 2003; at the time, it was supposed to be a launch game for the PlaayStation 3. They figured that three years was enough time. But then, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas released and really sort out of outstripped what the team was working on; therefore, "the present game plan would no longer suffice." It soon began to become obvious that McNamara "had little clue what he was doing and was just following his arbitrary whims."
Then, after coming under the thumb of SCEE once again, they found out that Team Bondi didn't have much to show for over two years of work. And even though they had already dumped $20 million into the project, they were forced to abandon it. Ironically, Rockstar snapped it up in spring of 2006 and McNamara found himself working for his former rivals in the Houser brothers. The teaser they released that year actually wasn't even a teaser at all; it was "a target render done by an art outsourcing film in Sydney." Since that time, "the game has been revamped, ported, and delayed four times." Oh, and the title is actually the result of a typo (as we all should know, it's "noir," not "noire"). How's that for a tumultuous past for a game?
Related Game(s): L.A. Noire
1/26/2010 10:39:03 AM Ben Dutka