Rockstar gets L.A. Noire

Team Bondi's hard-boiled detective story gets picked up by a publisher unafraid of getting its hands dirty.

Los Angeles is apparently fertile ground for those paying tribute to film noir. Whether they strike it rich commercially and critically (Chinatown and L.A. Confidential) or not (Mulholland Falls and Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang), dark-edged detective yarns of all stripes seem right at home in the City of Angels.

Now the city is going to play host to a different kind of noir tribute--an interactive one--as Rockstar Games has announced that it will be publishing the debut title from Australian studio Team Bondi, L.A. Noire. While the game was originally revealed last year as a PlayStation 3 game to be published by Sony, today's announcement only refers to it as a "next-generation crime thriller," with no platforms specified.

L.A. Noire is set in "a perfectly re-created Los Angeles" of the late 1940s, with players being given an "open-ended challenge" to solve a series of murders. The postwar setting will include the noir necessity of corruption with optional accoutrements drugs and jazz thrown in for good measure.

Rockstar Games founder Sam Houser will serve as executive producer of the game, with Team Bondi founder Brendan McNamara (writer and director of The Getaway on the PlayStation 2) serving as director of development. A teaser trailer has already been released, but Rockstar will release a full trailer of the game on its official Web site October 5.

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78 comments
black-master
black-master

I hope this game is an playstation 3 exclusive so they can use the playstation 3's cell proccer to its full potential

crave4more
crave4more

@Goez3000 = dumba$$ i think you should stop listening to the rumours in your head and read the information on the screen, which is fact.

oli_burt
oli_burt

@Goez3000 You are making up a load of crap! Can't you read? It says that this game was developed by Team Bondi and Rockstar will distribute it, Rockstar have had very little to do with it, but the fact that they like it means I'm going to buy it. :) This game has nothing to do with GTA 4, it's nothing like GTA 4! Go to the GTA 4 website and watch the trailers!

tron563
tron563

well well well this gonna kik some ass on this game first is gta series,warriors,bully,table tennis, and tis one is gonna be BIG one

Torio795
Torio795

This game is gonna be BIG!

jackfatal
jackfatal

@goez3000 dumb head.... it says the trailer will be released in October not the launch!!!

goez3000
goez3000

as a rumor... that i've heard... and quote me that i said rumor but this game is suppose to be gta4.... the reason behind it is because the launch date is october....gta4 come out in october, and rockstare is going to be using the rage graphics engine to make the game (the first use of the rage engine was "table tennis" which by the way was only a test game to test out character models) but if u look at the characters used in the trailer you will see the use of the rage engine and the exact faces from table tennis. p.s. it's a rumor... but there are too many truths behind the rumors

Diduseeasign
Diduseeasign

"Anyone that knows their Noir, knows that jazz music is not a characteristic of the genre. Very few Films Noir featured it. It is a misconception, and the biggest majority of them used brass heavy scores or none at all." Although it may not be a characteristic of the Noir genre, jazz, swing and big band were very popular in this time period. The main misconception here is that this is a Rockstar game. Rockstar have simply slapped their name on it and possibly tweaked the game slightly. and thank god they have, because there is no way in hell i'm forking out five hundred quid solely to own this game, or anything Rockstar release for that matter. P.S i also appreciate what they have done aesthetically. using a dull, faded look instead of going for the obvious black n white.

madrunner
madrunner

this game looks awsome and with rockstar games we always expect a great game..rockstar just doesnt want to stop

shadowcon4
shadowcon4

Rockstar Games just keeps on doing it, first the GTA series then manhunt then warriors and now this game and bully... this is a whole new direction for rockstar games and i hope it is just as good as the previous games, infact i hope it better ! :P rockstar rules

Shiftus
Shiftus

IGN stated it was PS3 exclusive. But my guess is it will be ported to at least xbox 360. Still, this game could be another big hit from Rockstar.

Humorguy_basic
Humorguy_basic

About time. A detective game. Not bland Sci-Fi, not another WWII game, but a detective game! Now all we need are cowboy games and romance games and ......Anyway, all we need are more subjects and we might actually end up with a mainstream market, rather than the neash it is now!

nicklech16
nicklech16

honestly this game looks so great, I can wait for GTA IV !

Killer4DaBizkit
Killer4DaBizkit

Probably not a PS3 exclusive, since it was mentioned during Nintendo's visit at Rockstar games.

HXCDEW
HXCDEW

Cool!... so is this a PS3 exclusive?

Rsx900
Rsx900

LA Noire? What about GTA IV??

shawnomac
shawnomac

this is the first time in a long time that games are being developed in a house thats not under the rockstar games roof ie. rockstar san diego, rockstar leeds. the last one that i can remember was max payne which was made by 3d realms i believe. correct me if im wrong i dont feel like checking the box. so this should be exiting and maybe eventually theyll get bought out like DMA and Angel Studios etc. VIVA ROCKSTAR

_Sam_
_Sam_

I hope they don't mess this up

Dantes_Monkey
Dantes_Monkey

"Sounds really good! Did rockstar have anything to do with Max Payne?" checks in collection of games....yes. Is this game PS3 exclusive then?

ftjx
ftjx

Sounds really good! Did rockstar have anything to do with Max Payne?

SmallPower
SmallPower

Whye NoirE? Soundse like a brande of athletic shoes, or somethinge you'de buye in the prophylactic shoppe - fore guys whoe like toe pretende. "Whan that aprill whith his shouers swoote, the draughte of marche hath perced to the roote..."

Murpheus007
Murpheus007

An open-ended detective game!!! Are you kidding me, where do I sign up. If this turns out anything like what my imagination is spinning out right now, this one could be a BIG title. Take the open ended living city out of crimes hands and put it into better ones. Spiderman 2 was an awesome game, so this one has potential. Then again, one of the things that made Spiderman 2 so great was the web swinging through the city.

downPlayDemon
downPlayDemon

i think that they chose to publish la noire so they can have rights the perfectly recreated LA. wai nevermind they already have san andreas

GTCzeero
GTCzeero

Could be interesting, Rockstar have already tried Noir gaming with Max Payne.

diablo1000000
diablo1000000

There's something 'fresh' going on with Sony at the moment... they seem to be getting really original titles secured. Sure, we have the sequels, but there's imaginative stuff like this heading to the console as well... can only be a good thing!

SavoyPrime
SavoyPrime

Could be cool if it's handled well. I'll keep an eye on it.

Fallout_red
Fallout_red

Wow, kool name and game AND now ROCKSTAR has it... AWESOME.

FreakmanJ
FreakmanJ

I was stoked until I read that the guy behind The Getaway is behind this game. Now I'm kinda iffy.

starcutter20000
starcutter20000

Thank god, new fresh setting with a more down to earth setting I only rish someone other then Rockstar was doing games like this.

Pablo620
Pablo620

Im always looking forward to anything Rockstar does. They seem to dish out quality title after title. And they do film well...The Warriors was damn fun

Nub-Nubbly
Nub-Nubbly

Hopefully more info in this game comes soon, I am really exited for it

orangebrat
orangebrat

No one is copying the black and white look. There are many games, both pro and amateur, that either are in part or are completely in black and white. From the article: "and jazz thrown in for good measure." Anyone that knows their Noir, knows that jazz music is not a characteristic of the genre. Very few Films Noir featured it. It is a misconception, and the biggest majority of them used brass heavy scores or none at all.

crills
crills

i dont know and dont care who making this game all i know is the black and white concept its useing is wat a game called saddness for the wii is useing so it looks like these people copyed it

WolfSkill5544
WolfSkill5544

Nice this sounds really interesting. I can't wait for Oct. 5 to see the full trailer

hemakm3
hemakm3

Not much revealed from trailer tease.

santiagochile
santiagochile

They didn't mention a console. Since Nintendo is talking to Take-two, hopefully it will come out for the Wii!

Orasion_Seiz
Orasion_Seiz

it will be twice as good as any GTA game