I think we can all safely say L.A. Noire was a huge hit amongst the critics, and although it didn’t sell as well as it deserved, it sold well. So it may surprise you that Team Bondi, the Sydney based developers of L.A. Noire, have been placed into administration.
If you’re unfamiliar with the term, a company goes into administration to help facilitate payments to creditors, usually through selling assets or chunks of the company. Basically, Team Bondi are out of money and they’re on the edge of closing.
Even if Team Bondi were to survive, it most likely wouldn’t be the same Team Bondi we all know, reports are circulating the Internet that another Australian company, KMM, are in the process of aquiring Team Bondi. KMM are currently working on a new Mad Max game and have reportedly offered jobs to Team Bondi employees.
If Team Bondi were to disappear, it’s quite likely that any new L.A. Noire developments (if at all) will be made at Rockstar, who published the game back when it was released in May. Another possibility is Rockstar allowing another company to work on a sequel, with the finished product being published by Rockstar.
Perhaps the seven years that Team Bondi spent developing L.A. Noire has finally taken its toll on the ol’ bank balance. Shame.
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