L.A. Noire premiering April 5 - Retail Radar

Amazon, GameFly, GameStop agree on early April date, although Rockstar Games has offered nothing more specific than "spring 2011."

L.A. Noire is a title that has been long in development. First teased as a PlayStation 3 exclusive at the 2005 Electronic Entertainment Exp, Rockstar Games picked up the rights to the title a year later and announced it would arrive for the Xbox 360 as well. Last August, Rockstar parent company Take-Two said the game would miss its 2010 debut. And in November, a new trailer for the title revealed the 1940's detective title would arrive during the vague release window of spring 2011.

L.A. Noire's crime scene appears to be opening in April.

Now, retailers agree on a more definitive date. According to listings for L.A. Noire at specialty retailer GameStop, online rental house GameFly, and online retail juggernaut Amazon, the title will land on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 on April 5. That date is a Tuesday, a day when new software typically debuts. As of press time, Rockstar Games has not responded to GameSpot’s request for confirmation or comment on the purported release date, but another online retailer, CD Universe, lists the game as coming out on April 6.

L.A. Noire is in development at Australian studio Team Bondi. The title follows a detective entangled in a violent web of vice, corruption, and crime in 1940's Los Angeles. Players jump into the seedy underworld of the metropolis and are tasked with solving a series of murders in what Rockstar describes as an "open-ended challenge."

The title will also use a new facial animation system called MotionScan. The new technology allows even the most subtle facial expressions to be reflected via in-game animation. According to Team Bondi, reading the faces of characters in L.A. Noire will be a pivotal point of the title. For more on the new technology, check out the tech demo video embedded below.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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Andy9Beans
Andy9Beans

@SolidTy: lol I don't follow conversations, my attention span isn't even comparable to that of the lowly gnat. Thank you for attempting to eduficate me though! ;)

Andy9Beans
Andy9Beans

@SolidTy Wow, the high end of retail eh? Personally ordering product? As a mere mortal I can only hope that one day I can reach such heights, get an employee-of-the-month badge and earn the right to make comments in purest bold. (Sorry, I was going to contribute something meaningful but then I saw we had a retail management guru in our midst and was completely starstruck!)

jokerman_28
jokerman_28

hope that april 5 release date comes true

Goku375
Goku375

even i have been waiting for this game soo long but i am even expecting True crime hong kong might live upto to a greater expectation compared to la noire .but still no updates on that game

gamingfrendly
gamingfrendly

i have been waiting for this game for so long lol im sure it will be great.

PixelAddict
PixelAddict

@SolidTy All those "facts" and patronizing, too! You're right, games has just caught up, but it hasn't always been that way. Media sales all street on Tuesday, except for the rare oddball. I'd blame Amazon more than Walmart. Also, everything has a "street date"... it's how releases work. Whether it's a Tuesday, a Friday, or whatever. There is always a release "street date".

LeoLex_
LeoLex_

@Pirikato ud be a fool to miss this dude

LeoLex_
LeoLex_

I cant wait for this B.E.A.UTIFUL industry changing game.

Pirikato
Pirikato

Not coming to PC, not interested.

coolkid93
coolkid93

It looks like it would be great. I'll definitely want to play this.

PixelAddict
PixelAddict

@SolidTy, @Flesseck214 Games (BR, DVD, cartridge), movies (BR, DVD, LD, VHS, Beta), music (CD, tape, records) all are shipped on Monday (or before) and on shelves Tuesday. Not Wednesday. Rarely Friday. Sometimes Tuesday at 12:01am. It's a combination of reasons. Sales figures in most industries are commonly released every Monday, and so therefore it logical to follow the next day with new stock. Also, consumer research shows we as consumers are more willing to spend our dough in the middle of the week, payday being Friday (for most folks) notwithstanding. Titles selling well have time for a restock before the weekend. There are some oddballs who don't fallow the generally accepted Tuesday release date, and a reasonable comparison can be made to special movie (theater) releases. Most are Friday, except for the oddball summer movie dropping on a Wednesday.

PixelAddict
PixelAddict

@SolidTy Not even close to the level this is showing. So I'm going to go ahead and disagree. I'd also add Alan Wake to that list, but all three pale in comparison to this display.

soulless4now
soulless4now

Will be awaiting reviews upon its release.

Flesseck214
Flesseck214

So maybe I'm out of the loop, but why was Tuesday chosen as a day to release software?

PixelAddict
PixelAddict

Wow... finally someone was able to crack the facial graphics barrier. That's been the one semi-unrealistic aspect of this generation of gaming. Sure, textures, explosions, speed-blurs, and other things are great, but nobody's been able to catch the nuances in a facial expression before this. Dope!

Dan21278
Dan21278

I'm really looking forward to the game! Hopefully it delivers

Goyoshi12
Goyoshi12

Interesting...I look forward to how different it is. After all this is going to be a bit linear from other RockStar games. Still should be fun.

Aboogie5
Aboogie5

soo many games this year !!!

jay_rock_
jay_rock_

I want to see sum game play...

chapnapprogamer
chapnapprogamer

please not again , port if for PC , RDR was enough of a dissapointment for me :(

scatterbrain007
scatterbrain007

Wow, that is really amazing. I'm usually not that impressed when it comes to graphics nowadays, but this is spectacular.

NColdhardt
NColdhardt

A must-try, if not a definite-buy.

snake3rules
snake3rules

wow i recognize every actor instantly... cant wait for this

metalkid9
metalkid9

finally a game that will make you think from the clues you get and feel responsible for your actions. this is awesome!!

Jbul
Jbul

Cool. If LA Noire can do for 1940's detective stories what Red Dead Redemption did for Westerns, I will have my mind blown.

manu97416
manu97416

@nrothem14 my sisters birthday is that day too lol

jcbullen
jcbullen

I hope more people use this facial animation tech because it looks amazing. I just started playing Dragon Age, and while I love the game, all of the characters look like dead people. It's hard to feel compelled to save the character's lives when they already look like corpses...

s_h_a_d_o
s_h_a_d_o

Not that it means much, but a local supplier here in NZ has an estimated release date of 25 March. Personally, I'm just hoping for confirmation of a PC version at some stage, even if that were to be released subsequent to any console version.

dukerav
dukerav

This looks so damned amazing; LA Confidential in video game form.

Marky360
Marky360

Wholly crap thats way to soon there are some many awesome games coming out already I guess I'll just have to move some stuff around although I have no Idea how I'm going to play all these games

ghstbstr
ghstbstr

I am not sure if I want this or not. Usually games like this in the past are okay at best, like Mafia 2 was okay but the Godfather games sucked. So will this be better than those?

anotherone10
anotherone10

Better prepare myself for those incredible facial animations :D

howie1926
howie1926

It will get pushed back to a Holiday release I bet...

geoff-uk123
geoff-uk123

That's great news. Just hope it doesn't get delayed again. Looking forward to it.

Henninger
Henninger

Good this game has been on my radar 4 awhile now. & the animations r amazing so yea i def wanna try this game.

fetusfart18
fetusfart18

Can't wait to play this on my new 58" TV and 7.1 sound system.

eyebrowless
eyebrowless

My first time seeing that video HOL-EE-SHET

Solamon
Solamon

I'm not convinced until Rockstar actually confirms the release date themselves. Gamestop has a bad habit of listing a speculative release date for a game probably with the intent to drive up preorders. They did this last year with LA Noire and ended up having to give me my money back.

Toysoldier34
Toysoldier34

Funny when games try to make a big deal about how good their graphics are, but then they don't put it on PC where you actually get best graphics.

the_requiem
the_requiem

Christmas is coming early this year. I love that Rockstar is coming up with different games every year, instead of trying to milk GTA like CoD or Halo.

jhawk
jhawk

Very cool if it does indeed come out then. This is a game I have definitely been looking forward to, all I've seen and heard about it makes it look like a very good title.

nrothem14
nrothem14

yes!!!!!!!!!!!!! it releases on my birthday now that's awesome

Neosword
Neosword

Wasn't expecting it so early in the year

Gamer_4_Fun
Gamer_4_Fun

most likely it is true, they said they will announce it in matter of weeks.