Team Bondi's Whore of the Orient hitting next-gen consoles, PC

L.A. Noire studio website updated with new information on upcoming 1936 Shanghai-set game; Warner Bros. logo shown.

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Team Bondi is back. The L.A. Noire studio's website was recently updated with new information on the company's next project, Whore of the Orient. The game will be set in Shanghai in 1936 and will make its debut on next generation consoles and PC.

Team Bondi's next adventure is headed to Shanghai.

As was previously announced, Sydney, Australia-based multimedia firm KMM Interactive Productions (Happy Feet 2, Mad Max: Fury Road) purchased the rights to Whore of the Orient, but it also appears Warner Bros. is involved with the project. A logo for that company is also visible on the new website, and as of press time, the company had not responded to GameSpot's request for comment.

Additionally, Team Bondi is looking for more help with its new project. The studio currently has ten open positions at its Sydney office, including calls for programmers, artists, and animators.

As for the game, Whore of the Orient puts players into the "most corrupt and decadent city on the planet." Shanghai in 1936, according to the game's description, 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.

Team Bondi founder Brendan McNamara previously described Whore of the Orient as "one of the great untold stories of the 20th century." For more on Team Bondi's latest body of work, check out GameSpot's review of L.A. Noire.

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Avals
Avals

Of all the promising names available, choosing a title like that in a game shows the developers are trying to highlight the levels of degeneracy of the city in that era, but it also reveals their subjective perspectives toward it. I don't think this is a very good idea...as it might offend both the whores and the Orient.

PetJel
PetJel

Sounds more like a book title than a game :p

el_danny_m
el_danny_m

Good news, sounds like Team Bondi was able to work it out. I was really impressed with L.A. Noire. I believe in them delivering another block buster hit :)

Vodoo
Vodoo

I thought Team Bondi went bankrupt and closed down? How could they just pop back up with no news whatsoever? Is it the REAL studio/developers, or is it just someone using their name?

electronic_eye
electronic_eye

Wow. Hard to believe in some ways they're back. But overall, I'm glad they are. Just not enough period piece games out there each year, especially ones outside the U.S.

demonic_85
demonic_85

Wait, these guys are still around???

yomonkey
yomonkey

Title's edgy, wonder if they will have to change it down the line. Also this sounds very interesting. 

Zerocratic
Zerocratic

Next Gen? Why not try joining this gen? They`re famous because of LA Noire and making one successful game doesn`t equate to them being awesome at making games! 

 

I really wish they just develop small games for PSN/Live and slowly gaining experience...Happy Feet 2 doesn`t count!

Lord_Python1049
Lord_Python1049

"most corrupt and decadent city on the planet." - That is quite an exaggeration but then again its marketing speak

theshonen8899
theshonen8899

Really glad Team Bondi is back but I hope they sort out all that overworking nonsense.

2bitSmOkEy
2bitSmOkEy

LA Noire was awesome, can't wait.

mrklorox
mrklorox

Is McNamara still heading the studio? If so, this game will never come out. Even without him, I don't have any confidence in the publisher of Happy Feet 2 to put out the game; especially if the power of Rockstar was the only thing that ended up getting LA Noire finished to begin with.

termadoyle
termadoyle

Can't wait for the new Team Bondi game. L.A noire was amazing IMO.

UniversalPie
UniversalPie

I really hope they keep the name, people need to realize that the language is contextual to the theme. Mostly I can't stand when the "controversy and offense" are nothing more than a whine, and yet, the cries of the dolts prevail...

BeateDrabing
BeateDrabing

Smart money says the game probably isnt nearly as fun as the title makes it sound.

vault-boy
vault-boy

Would any of you bitch if this was the title of a book with the same story? Nope. Its pathetic to see you guys being hypocritical to yourselves and saying we aren't worthy of having a controversial title of all things.

ztype85
ztype85

1930s Shanghai was Las Vegas, Miami, and Atlantic City combined.

 

It was the world capital of vice at the time. Prostitution, gambling and drugs were rampant and were run by many different criminal organizations.It was considered the most dangerous city in the world at the time, so the name definitely fits.

TeoneSofle
TeoneSofle

I really hope this is not the final game title.

4dr1el
4dr1el

Wait what? I thought Team Bondi was no more... guess I was wrong

Rainsing
Rainsing

I have to say this title is pretty insulting towards Asians. Chinese especially, given the information that it's set in Shanghai. Consider changing it for a more gentle one.

hippiesanta
hippiesanta

I Understand that the Title will offend certain groups but I think the concept will be great

DarkManiaN_1979
DarkManiaN_1979

Seriously silly name. Someone has to explain the naming convention here.

fightingfish18
fightingfish18

If there is an outcry over then name and Bondi sticks to their guns, I will buy this game regardless of quality.  I think a game with a name like this is a step in the right direction towards more "mature" subject matter.

 

 

jsmoke03
jsmoke03

nice....looking forward to it

 

coop36
coop36

Bondi is back from the grave?

soheil_m
soheil_m

I didn't have a good time with L.A.Noir , that wasn't so realistic !! and sometimes childish too !!! I hope they work harder on this one ...

Stoopid_Fool
Stoopid_Fool

I thought I saw an article a bit ago about Team Bondi gettin shut down cause they didn't take care of their employees or somethin?

sahandx360
sahandx360

you made one of the best and creative game in this generation, best of luck for you

SolidTy
SolidTy

It's got a terrible, terrible title...but the game may actually be good.

splaxblax
splaxblax

I was thinking the same thing but its a good thing they are still around because I really liked LA Noire @demonic_85

syafiqjabar
syafiqjabar

 @BeateDrabing Considering so many people think the movie The Grey is about Liam Neeson fighting wolves but the actual movie is so much better than even that, I'd say that's probably a good thing.

chaosbrigade
chaosbrigade

 @ztype85 It wasn't the most dangerous city in the world, but it was a very interesting, turbulent and precarious time, 1936 was the year when Japan invaded China and started WW2. 

interrasteral7
interrasteral7

 @coop36

 I had a similar question just like that. I thought Team Bondi was defunct in 2011 after the relese of L.A. Noire. It is a great thing that this will come out to PC as well, since PC gamers had to get the late release of L.A. Noire.

mrklorox
mrklorox

 @leviathanwing Yeah, it allowed them to complete their game and get paid for it. Rockstar was the single driving force that pulled it off. Or were you referring to the fact that Brendan McNamara completely ruined Team Bondi and almost made it so none of those guys got paid because nobody wanted to work with such an insufferable prick who was never satisfied with what he could accomplish. If so, then indeed, look at how that ended for Team Bondi.

UniversalPie
UniversalPie

 @vault-boy  @soheil_m Realism doesn't mean boring. Imagine a game that could accurately represent real life... Now think about how you can retry and revert to old saves in games... you could do anything and go anywhere, without repercussion.

SolidTy
SolidTy

 @Ferg1213 I'm not sure, such a brain bustering problem. Hmmm... I'm sure no one will avoid a great game because of this name, no siree.

worlock77
worlock77

 @soheil_m  @UniversalPie  @vault-boy 

I loved how in 'L.A. Noire' you could completely f*ck up your investigation and it would be ok. Your captain would tell you who to arrest anyway and you still get promoted.  That's totally how police work goes.

soheil_m
soheil_m

 @UniversalPie  @vault-boy  Let me give you an example , in those first levels of the L.A.Noir game the boos wanted us to make that Jew man to confess ! And if we fail to do so The Boos will told us "Now get in there and give me a confession" !!!!! Even if you repeat this thing a thousand times !!!!! Believe me , It's not feeling good !! these moments in that game happens a lot ... At least I don't like that kinda things in games !!!