Rumor: Rockstar Won't Work With Team Bondi Again
L.A. Noire is a fantastic game. By all rights, it should've sparked a beautiful relationship between Team Bondi and Rockstar.
But after various unpleasant accusations have come to light, it appears the publisher has decided to disassociate themselves from the growing mess. The IGDA is currently investigating so-called "brutal working conditions," and more e-mails from Team Bondi employees to GamesIndustry.biz has added extra fuel to the fire. An "unnamed source" has said Rockstar has no intention of working with the developer again:
"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. Rockstar used to be very keen on making Team Bondi something like 'Rockstar Sydney'…the more they worked with Team Bondi management, the more they came to understand that this was a terrible idea."
Current and former Team Bondi employees have come out with a number of accusations against management, specifically citing studio boss Brendan McNamara as a flat-out slave-driver. It's very unfortunate given the success of L.A. Noire but perhaps those seven years of development just pushed things over the top...way over the top, according to some complaints.
So if Team Bondi does make a new game, it appears they'll have to find a different publisher.
7/6/2011 10:15:31 AM Ben Dutka