Report: Rockstar will not publish Bondi’s next game
Publisher has “disdain” for L.A. Noire developers.
The recent outburst from ex-Team Bondi employees against the studio’s poor working conditions has garnered “disdain” from Rockstar, which has now opted out of publishing the studio’s next title, according to a source at GamesIndustry.biz.
“I’ve heard a lot about Rockstar’s disdain for Team Bondi,” says the source, “and it has been made quite clear that they will not publish Team Bondi’s next game.”
“Team Bondi are trying to find another publisher for their next title, but the relationship with Rockstar has been badly damaged – Brendan treats L.A. Noire like a success due to his vision but I think Rockstar are the ones who saved the project. They continued to sink money into L.A. Noire, and their marketing was fantastic.”
“Without their continued support, Team Bondi would have gone under several years ago,” said the source.
“It’s also worth pointing out that 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.”
Strong words, but it is evident that Rockstar’s branding alone lifted L.A. Noire to be considered among the top triple-As this year. The game received decent acclaim from critics across the world, while it has done equally well in retail as well, selling 4 million units across all platforms so far.
L.A. Noire is now scheduled to release on PC sometime this fall.