The lights are on
The fate of L.A. Noire developer Team Bondi's next-gen title, Whore of the Orient, seems to be up in the air following reports of layoffs and investment troubles.
MCV Pacific reports that multiple sources have told it that there have been layoffs among the former Team Bondi team that was absorbed into KMM (Kennedy Miller Mitchell) after L.A. Noire, although the unit has not been shut down. The site has a quote from KMM's Doug Mitchell that says the multimedia production company is "still actively pursuing the right investor to partner with." KMM owns the rights to the property.
A story at Kotaku also from multiple sources says the planned 2015 title lost its publisher at the end of last year, which was rumored to be Warner Bros. There was also a jobs posting for the game for as recent as this month, but it's easy to imagine that the project now has bigger fish to fry.
[Source: MCV Pacific, Kotaku via Joystiq]
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That's a shame.
While not without its faults, LA Noire was a pretty ambitious game that turned out awfully fun. Hopefully they get a new backer as the concept intrigues me...
I really enjoyed LA Noire so I hope this game survives.
I really hope this game survives, I never played L.A. Noire, but I wanted to. Both of these games look good.
I want play this so this had better work out at some point
Oh boy, seems like these guys can't catch a break. I could imagine this game requiring a heftier budget than most based on their work in LA Noire. Probably that and their history has the publishers/investors being reluctant.
I hope everything works out for them. I really enjoyed L.A. Noire and was hoping for another game from Team Bondi.
What kind of game is this supposed to be? This looks really interesting, and I really enjoyed playing LA Noire
Never heard of it before, but the screenshot looks very Indiana Jones-y. The title may be making references to a colony in the Orient, like India, which is "whoring" itself out to the British Empire through goods and servitude.
That's really too bad, I was looking forward to seeing what this game was all about. Hopefully it can survive somehow. I wish everyone effected the best in getting back on their feet.
I feel bad for the poor bastards who stayed at the team, even with that jerkweed screaming at them only to lose their jobs. I'm sure he gets to keep his job, of course, but still condolonces to those guys. Considering that LA Noire wasn't all that good in my book I ain't cryin about the lost game, but I still feel bad for those guys.
Team Bondi is notorious for having a crappy work environment.
This doesn't surprise me at all.
I'm surprised anyone would still want to work for Team Bondi. They had potential too but if Rockstar would have never stepped in I don't think LA Noire would have been made. They were the ones who practically developed the game while McNamara was being an ass.
I thought Team Bondi already broke apart? I didn't know they still existed.