Team Bondi founder has “one of the great untold stories” to tell

By on November 14, 2011

Hopes to announce something very soon.

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Founder of the now shuttered development studio Team Bondi, Brendan McNamara has told Eurogamer that he is currently pitching a game that features “one of the great untold stories of the 20th Century.”

“It’s pretty interesting,” he said. “So I think it’ll be good.”

Team Bondi was shutdown soon after the release of L.A. Noire, which was both a critical and commercial success. The studio was maligned with allegations of poor working conditions, with accusations falling on McNamara for forcing team members into hard working hours and poor compensation. The studio’s assets were later sold to a production company called KMM, with many of the staff either joining the acquirer or other Rockstar studios (under whom L.A. Noire was published).

“I learnt a tonne of things from doing L.A. Noire which will hopefully play into what we do next,” he told Eurogamer.

“A lot of people who were working on L.A. Noire have gone across to KMM, some of them to be working on some of the film projects. A lot of the art and animation guys went across. Some of the people have gone to work in different Rockstar studios. I’m personally just writing some new stuff now, which I’ve been pitching around for the last couple of weeks.”

McNamara hopes to talk about the game very soon.

“There are a few people interested, yeah,” he said. “I’ve still got to do the paperwork.”

“We think the evolution from The Getaway to L.A. Noire and learning the lessons we did on the way, and some of the stuff about emerging storytelling, is definitely an avenue to pursue.”


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