Team Bondi Owes $1.4 Million, Studio May Be Finished
As most of you know, L.A. Noire developer Team Bondi has been in dire straits lately.
Amidst accusations of a brutal work environment and the mass exodus of studio employees to a graphics and film company, we've recently heard Team Bondi will be shutting down.
Now, more bad news: according to an Edge report, the L.A. Noire developer owes various creditors and ex-employees around 1.4 million Australian dollars. This includes Team Bondi boss Brendan McNamara, who is apparently owed $102,000, the highest amount listed for an individual on the government documents. The studio also owes Depth Analysis, the firm that created the amazing MotionScan technology that wowed critics and gamers alike; the debt here is $145,000.
Now, one would assume with the millions L.A. Noire sold that none of this should be an issue. But obviously, a whole lot was rotten beneath the surface at Team Bondi, and we can't foresee a pleasant ending. The silver lining in this whole fiasco might just be that MotionScan tech; at least Rockstar can have other teams utilize it for future projects, right?
10/7/2011 8:34:23 PM Ben Dutka