Team Bondi's implosion after the successful release of L.A. Noire was well-documented. It got so bad that most employees disappeared and there was even an official investigation into the working environment, which had been described as downright awful by certain ex-staffers.

And yet…despite all that…they're back.

The developer's website has been updated with information on their new project, Whore of the Orient , which is being prepped for next-generation consoles and PC.

Now, we knew KMM Interactive Productions, the Australia-based multimedia firm to which many ex-Team Bondi employees fled, had picked up the rights to Whore of the Orient and now, it seems Warner Bros. is involved, too. Their logo can be seen on the Team Bondi website…so does that mean Rockstar/Take-Two won't be publishing this game (as they did with L.A. Noire )? Will it be handled by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment?

We can't be sure just yet but we do know the developers are hiring, so that's good news. The title will put players into 1936 Shanghai, which is "the most corrupt and decadent city on the planet" during that time period. Kuomintang forces are trying to stop the spread of communism while a group of Western authorities are attempting to keep the peace. We're not sure what role we'll play, but it certainly sounds intriguing.

And will we see that awesome MotionScan technology that was on display in L.A. Noire ? Or is that Rockstar's property somehow? Oh, we have lots of questions…let's hope more info arrives soon.

Related Game(s): Whore of the Orient

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WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

Sounds like a great idea, I love these historical settings and I have to admit with all the history I've studied I have no clue what was happening in China in the 30's. Hope motionscan returns.

The title of the game puts some very different images in my head though 🙂

Vivi_Gamer
Vivi_Gamer
9 years ago

Oh this is pleasant news isn't it. I was very sad to hear of Bondi's troubles during L.A. Noire and that the company had closed down. As I hold L.A. Noire in high regard and as my favourite open world based game. I'll be interested to hear more on this.

Looking Glass
Looking Glass
9 years ago

Why is the title so politically incorrect?


Last edited by Looking Glass on 8/30/2012 11:34:23 AM

Xombito
Xombito
9 years ago

I'm sensing a title change coming. But it is an attention grabber!

Ben Dutka PSXE
Ben Dutka PSXE
9 years ago

GOOD.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

Because of the setting.

Lawless SXE
Lawless SXE
9 years ago

Australian developer 😉

riptide8
riptide8
9 years ago

Now this sounds interesting.

Jalex
Jalex
9 years ago

Absolutely wonderful news. I don't know how much truth there was to all the things said about Team Bondi, but the fact remains:
'L.A. Noire' is a favorite game of mine, and I really think the video game industry needs more developers like Bondi.

bebestorm
bebestorm
9 years ago

Whoa Team Bondi is back this is awesome news. I loved L.A. Noire and look forward to this game.

Lawless SXE
Lawless SXE
9 years ago

I remember hearing that McNamara was working with KMM for a game by this title about a year ago, but to have it on the Team Bondi site… AWESOME. The setting sounds really cool, I must admit and I do wonder what we'll be doing in it. L.A. Noire was flawed, but awesome and I can't wait to see what's next from these guys.

556pineapple
556pineapple
9 years ago

This is great news about Team Bondi. I'll be keeping my eye on this one, for sure!

Killa Tequilla
Killa Tequilla
9 years ago

Looks like Ps4 ain't far off.

___________
___________
9 years ago

wow thats a shock, i thought the team was dead in the water!
nice to see there still kicking away, AU REALLY needs more developers and especially some in sydney!
if this is half as innovative and ambitious as LA Noire it will be a f*cking awesome game!
sounds really interesting so far.

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