Developer Behind L.A. Noire Goes into Administration
Back in May of this year, a game many had been looking forward to, L.A. Noire, was released. The game was developed by Sydney, Australia-based Team Bondi and published by Rockstar, and the game was met with critical acclaim. L.A. Noire was the first game from Team Bondi, which had spent the better part of six years working on it. However, after the game was released some reports came out from the studio that talked of unsatisfactory working conditions, former employees who were left out of the credit list on the game, and even Rockstar saying it was not likely it would publish the next game from Team Bondi. The studio was also rumored to be selling its non-L.A. Noire intellectual property to filmmaker George Miller's KMM studio, but now, the news takes a turn for the worse. It appears that Team Bondi has been placed into external administration, meaning the fate of the studio is up in the air. Some employees are already working with KMM on Happy Feet Two, so it is likely the rest of Team Bondi will join them.
It is kind of sad to see a studio, which released such a great game, have so much trouble soon after a major release. One has to wonder if these events weren't already unfolding long before L.A. Noire ever came out, and now that the studio has nothing major in store, everything compounded at once. L.A. Noire was also announced to be released on the PC later this year, but Rockstar is having a different studio handle that so it is unlikely a delay will result.