Australian government funding L.A. Noire dev's next-gen game

L.A. Noire developer Team Bondi and KMM Interactive receive $200,000 to produce 1930s action game.

Sydney-based production company KMM Interactive has secured $200,000 in new funding from the Australian government to help finance Team Bondi's new game Whore of the Orient.

Organizers of the New South Wales Interactive Media Fund announced the new funding today (via Game Informer), reaffirming that Whore of the Orient is in development for next-generation consoles.

Whore of the Orient puts players into 1936 Shanghai, the "most corrupt and decadent city on the planet," according to a since-deleted page on the Team Bondi website.

The city is a "boiling pot of Chinese nationalism," with Kuomintang forces attempting to suppress the spread of communism while a group of Western police officials try to keep the peace. It is not clear what role players will take on in Whore of the Orient.

After the release of L.A. Noire in 2011, KMM Interactive bought the assets and intellectual property rights to Team Bondi's work, including Whore of the Orient. A Warner Bros. logo appeared on the Team Bondi website, though the publisher has yet to give any information regarding its involvement with the game.

Whore of the Orient is reportedly being readied for a release in 2015, though it is unclear if the rumored layoffs at Team Bondi have affected this release window.

Also receiving funding from the Australian government was Intuitive Game Studios, which was given $30,451 for a "thrilling interactive detective game." The outfit is headed up by former Team Bondi developers.

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170 comments
iBuSHiDo
iBuSHiDo

I'm so confused. How is the government funding a game? Doesn't that mean that tax payer dollars are being used to fund that game? I mean I'm not complaining, but it's really confusing. Can anyone explain this better than the article does?

WehrmachtBear
WehrmachtBear

It's a leap forward when your own goverment supports the gaming industry.

badiie05
badiie05

All i know is that they have my support.

meatz666
meatz666

Very small amount for a AAA these days...

sdcazares1980
sdcazares1980

As much as I love Team Bondi, I don't think it's the government's job to fund for video game projects. 

acerx7
acerx7

Anyone know if they are going to use that awesome facial capture tech? That was incredible tech they had

MadXav
MadXav

I thought Team Bondi was dead! Awesome to see they're working on another game. I loved L.A. Noir!

Merseyak
Merseyak

well i think they did it for the title i mean come on who doesn't like asian hookers :)

Salanderr
Salanderr

Good to see the Aus Government putting money into gaming! I heard it was going to happen, so it's nice to see it being put into action. 

avenger_20
avenger_20

hopefully they mke another diamond

Mademan033
Mademan033

is the $200k an initial payment, or the whole shebang? Many Aussie game devs have received funding recently as part of an industry "stimulus package", with CNET.au says will be over a three year period. In any case, $200k doesn't buy much in the way of AAA games these days, and if it were my money Team Bondi wouldn't be seeing any of it. AAA games are risky enough, let alone handing money to companies with a bad reputation and who recently faced liquidation.

EL_Bomberdor
EL_Bomberdor

I don't understand. Wasn't the first a Rockstar game, why do they need funding?

ZoTrAcK
ZoTrAcK

I'll guess i'll just shut my brain off and whine about it so i'll be part of the cool and cynical guys from this site.

RWBRT
RWBRT

Is 200k even enough?

Kaz32
Kaz32

Finally, after all the crap Australia got, not being able to play Mortal Kombat 9 among other games because of cencorship issue, they finally did something great like this. Go Team Bondi!

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

Didn't you guys see what happened to Rhode Island?

bloody_roar_fan
bloody_roar_fan

Are some of this guys below idiots? This is not a subsidiary, this is an investment!

Gez! 

buffaloblitz85
buffaloblitz85

L.A. Noire could have been sooo good. Not saying it was bad. The storytelling was great.... but I just wish it would of had more to it then just walking around waiting till the controller vibrates and looking at expressions during interviews.  What it needed was more freedom and action. Still I gave it an 8.0

MasterManiac772
MasterManiac772

Yeah, I'm on board with the rest of you wondering what on earth the government of any country is doing funding entertainment media. That's a hop, skip, and a jump away from government control of the medium, believe you me.

Spitz6860
Spitz6860

How did it turn out the last time when a game studio makes a deal with the government? the number 38 comes to mind. 

d3nR
d3nR

I'm glad to see the tax payer money going into something useful... unlike hospital beds.

Aiberg
Aiberg

$200,000 is not all that much at all. good news, though. been waiting for a long time to hear from these guys. I loved LA Noire and haven't bought anything since playing that.

Lydian_Sel
Lydian_Sel

I would rather our government grant money to some of the smaller start-up dev studios here than to put it in the hands of Brendan McNamara.

Two hundred thousand dollars is such a miniscule amount of money when you're developing a triple A title so who knows how much it will actually help.

ps2fatboy
ps2fatboy

thats good news our local government should do more of this as the local talent will movie overseas and make money for you guys lol :) 

SIDEFX1
SIDEFX1

That is great news. Thanks OZ.

sahandx360
sahandx360

Thanks GOD, Wish the best for them, I really loved L.A.Noire

holtrocks
holtrocks

I loved L.A Noire so i am super excited for this.

Agent-M
Agent-M

Considering how poor they treat their employees, I am guessing that the next game will be worked on by inmates supplied by the Australian government.  At least Team Bondi will have a legitimate reason this time around to treat their employees like inmates.

TheHappyDrunk
TheHappyDrunk

Awesome! Maybe Team Bondi will actually pay their employees and abide by industry rules regarding crediting employees this time!

Chr0noid
Chr0noid

While  I fucking hated LA Noire, an action game set in the 1930s sounds like music to my ears.  Hopefully it's not in first person. 

JohnTheGrudge
JohnTheGrudge

@sdcazares1980 I think they probably envision this being a profitable investment.  Not only that but maybe they're trying to encourage developers to flourish in Australia.

Salanderr
Salanderr

@EL_Bomberdor Team Bondi developed the game, Rockstar just published it. Or at least that's what I thought anyway. 

Mademan033
Mademan033

@EL_Bomberdor pretty sure Rockstar severed all ties with Team Bondi after the troubled development of LA Noire

parrot_of_adun
parrot_of_adun

@Thanatos2k That was Rhode Island. This is Australia (more competent politicians at work, here). Plus, it's only 200K, not the $75 million RI sank into their "investment".

JohnTheGrudge
JohnTheGrudge

@buffaloblitz85 I think LA Noire required a certain commitment from the player to solve cases as a real detective might, rather than rely mostly on the aids the game provides.  What I mean is that it would be easy to complete the game and miss the elements that really make it great.

There was a couple of relatively minor issues I had with the game that give me doubts about the developer.  The first is the abysmal vehicle physics.  The second was that at times cases would almost force the player to rely on hints.

Aletunda
Aletunda

@buffaloblitz85 L.A. Noire is perhaps one of my favourite games, I didn't really like it the first time I played through it, but each time I play through it (ive beaten it 4 times thus far) I love it more and more, I always play in black and white mode, I guess the game for me does a great job of immersing me in that time period, yeh the game has so many things that could have been better, but it has a really good narrative, you also have to consider that a huge portion of the game never made it to the final cut because it was becoming too expensive and running over time, it would have been great if we got the whole intended package


SauhlGood
SauhlGood

@Lydian_Sel still team bondi must of done something right, I luvd L.A. Noire... too bad them and rockstar couldnt reconcile and make part2

xloub
xloub

@Fo_Fai Hate LA Noire??????!!!!!!!!!! WTF MAN?!!!! how could not like LA Noire, let alone "hate" it?! ... i a.b.s.o.l.u.t.e.l.y. LOVED LA Noire!

MasterManiac772
MasterManiac772

@SauhlGood @Lydian_Sel Meh, I found LA Noire to be overwrought and disappointing, not to mention sloppily put-together. I like what it was trying to do, but it did practically nothing right.