L.A. Noire short story anthology due June 6

Pulitzer nominee Joyce Carol Oates joined by Lawrence Block, Francine Prose, others for narratives set in Team Bondi universe.

Rockstar has been pushing into a number of different media to promote the release of Team Bondi's L.A. Noire. Last month, the Take-Two subsidiary demoed the cinematic crime drama at the Tribeca Film Festival, the first game to be shown in such a way. Rockstar also believes L.A. Noire's plot stands up in the literary realm, as the publisher today announced a short story anthology for the game.

Rockstar has tapped eight writers to craft stories based in L.A. Noire's world for inclusion in the anthology. Pulitzer Prize nominee Joyce Carol Oates is the most recognizable of these names, which also include Megan Abbott, Lawrence Block, Joe Lansdale, Francine Prose, Jonathan Santlofer, Duane Swierczynski, and Andrew Vachss.

Masters of the story trade will be telling their own L.A. Noire shorts.

The collected stories will feature many of the characters and cases that play out in the game itself. Plotlines teased by Rockstar include an actress craving Hollywood fame, as well as tales of broken heroes and prototypical Noir villains.

As for the game, L.A. Noire follows Detective Phelps as he becomes entangled in a violent web of vice, corruption, and crime in 1940s 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."

L.A. Noire: The Collected Stories will be available as an e-book through major retailers beginning June 6, and an excerpt of Megan Abbott's "The Girl" is now available through Rockstar's website. The game itself is expected to arrive for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 on May 17.

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34 comments
lipehique
lipehique

this and brink = going to lose my job

randa19
randa19

Have seen some trailers for this game,i really cannot wait for the release,looks really awesome,and the story telling could be incrediable.

syafiqjabar
syafiqjabar

@captain_hitec Well said. PC gamers get angry when we say they pirate, just like Germans are somehow angry when I imply that they might shove me into an oven for not being white. Or when a Jewish guy is annoyed when I keep asking him why is he working in an office and not in Hollywood doing movie stuff, as their people are known to do. Or a 90-year old black man just looks at me weird when I inquire him on a lack of 'hoes' in his house and 'bling' on his person.

Pete5506
Pete5506

I really cant wait for this game, not much longer now

godzillavskong
godzillavskong

This is one of my most anticipated games this year! Watching all of those game videos on Xbox Live isn't helping me cope while waiting either! Can't wait. I hope they support it like Bioware supports it's titles with DLC and this looks like a good start.

majikninja69
majikninja69

this game will be awsome. i dont see why people seem to have a problem with it, it looks great & the motion-capture looks amazing, i think people are getting to picky with there games, if they dont play it vary sad for them there going to miss out on a great game. cant wait

subtenko
subtenko

not interested in this game. More interested in AGENT. Plus im pretty sure since rockstar wants to go all out with Agent they will include multiplayer. I mean the game is supposed to have an affect on the game industry like when it GTA debuted on the playstation :D

pulamata
pulamata

the question is...do you wana play a movie or play a game???

TheTrueMagusX1
TheTrueMagusX1

I am very surprised they got a writer of the caliber of Joyce Carol Oates caliber to write a story. We went through some of her work in literature, and her stories are very violent and dark. Where are you going, where you have been? Is a story we covered this semester and its ambigous and dark in it's telling of a young who goes to a rather ghastly fate. In fact one of her novellas is about the last moments of a young woman who is drowning, so yes they got a perfect author for this collection.

hiccup
hiccup

Rockstar has been on top of their game lately (as always). I can't wait for this title..... GOTY for sure......

peterwantspie
peterwantspie

I want this so badly it keeps me up at night. If it doesn't meet my unrealistically high expectations I don't know what I'll do. The incredible thing is, it just might!

VendettaSRB
VendettaSRB

Can I dare say, we've got ourselves Heavy Rain on PC?

captain_hitec
captain_hitec

@KaBo0m That's exactly how Rockstar thinks about it. People can thumb you down as much as they like, but that doesn't change anything. It's the hard truth, even if there are also so many gamers that buy their games.

KaBo0m
KaBo0m

Of course people want this on the PC. everyone loves free games

nissanmaxima
nissanmaxima

I just might have to pick this game up. I will wait on reviews before I purchase it.

Rocker6
Rocker6

This game looks totally awesome,I hope they will port it to PC after some time.

JJMIZZY
JJMIZZY

You know gaming has reached the masses when they're able to get a master like Lawrence Block on board.

valensim
valensim

This year L.A. Noire and Max Payne 3 .... NeXt year Agent and the biggest franchise in the world ... Grand Theft Auto V :D

Chavis02
Chavis02

1940's Style is going to be SWEET! :D It's pretty cool to be a cop and do some CSI stuff. (lolz) xD I keep on thinking... will there be Online Roam in LA:Noire? :D

finchused18
finchused18

Game is going to be amazing. I can't wait to make out winces and call them out on those facial expressions. I haven't been this excited for a sandbox-esque game since GTAIV.

timboutillier
timboutillier

Can't wait til this game comes out! One of the few games I've ever reserved at gamestop.

hyksiu
hyksiu

I just want to play the game!

Jbul
Jbul

Definitely interesting. While Rockstar's top quality assurance team worked very closely with Team Bondi during the development of this game, some doubts linger in the back of my mind. Will this game have the Rockstar "quality" and groundbreaking content we all dream it will? Or will it be a typical (read: disapppointing) Team Bondi game with some incredible new tech as it's gimmick? Only time will tell. Thankfully, we don't have too much longer to wait.

hibikino
hibikino

I just can't wait to play this game already!

plaintomato
plaintomato

This could be great. Rockstar is golden, I hope this underscores golden once again.

Cwagmire21
Cwagmire21

This game is looking pretty good graphically and story-wise; however, I'm still wondering how it will play as a game. With it not being developed by Rockstar itself, I'm still skeptical.

pokecharm
pokecharm

they are really pulling out all the stops on this one...thank goodness its only a couple weeks away now! I wonder when they'll have the review up here...?