L.A. Noire

L.A. Noire Dev Looking to Merge With Film Studio?

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While the critical reception and ensuing sales for LA Noire have been fantastic, Team Bondi's reputation in light of reports on the developer's working practices has been immensely damaged, leading the studio to apparently look towards forming a merger with another group to avoid bringing the Team Bondi name to the fore when developing its next game, according to rumours.

A report from Kotaku Australia claims that Team Bondi could be absorbed by the Dr. D Studios and Kennedy-Miller Mitchell Films group, co-founded by Mad Max filmmaker, George Miller. With Rockstar severing all ties with Team Bondi following the revelation of the company's supposed harsh work conditions, it's thought that other games publishers would be reluctant to work with the studio, which has led Brendan McNamara's team to look elsewhere.

"Brendan McNamara was seen walking through the buildings of Dr. D yesterday, where Happy Feet 2 is being made," states Kotaku Australia's source. This was much to the chagrin of certain Dr. D employees claims the source, as some also used to work for Team Bondi. "Because Dr. D is filled with former Team Bondi employees who left due to the abusive work conditions, this unexpected visit was quite... unsettling - to put it mildly."

Another verified source from within Kennedy-Miller Mitchell Films claims that George Miller was impressed by Team Bondi's efforts with LA Noire and McNamara's refusal to compromise his artistic vision, which matches a statement given by a source from Dr. D Studios: "The word is going round that Team Bondi is being folded into KMM studios, Team Bondi is pretty much doomed after the scandal and can’t find any new supporters, so by doing this they can hide their name."

So, it could be that LA Noire 2 - if Team Bondi gets around to making a sequel - might be released with the name of a different developer and publisher on the box, if these rumours prove to be true and the studio gets rebranded.

[Via GamePro]


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US May 17, 2011
Europe May 20, 2011

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