Whore of the Orient targeting 2015

Team Bondi's L.A. Noire follow-up to enter full production next year with release probable for 2015, job listings say.

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The next body of work from L.A. Noire studio Team Bondi will not be ready for a few more years. That's according to job listings at KMM Interactive (the firm that acquired the rights last year to studio founder Brendan McNamara's next game), which suggest Whore of the Orient will be complete in 2015.

Internet supersleuth Superannuation spotted the job listings, which describe Whore of the Orient as a "narrative action adventure title" that is "similar in style to L.A. Noire." The game will also reportedly use the MotionScan technology that brought characters to life in L.A. Noire

The listings go on to state that Whore of the Orient is presently in preproduction, with "full production" believed to begin sometime early next year and run through the middle of 2015.

It was revealed last month that Whore of the Orient will be a next-generation game for consoles and PC. A Warner Bros. logo was spotted on the game's website, though all mention of Whore of the Orient has disappeared.

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.

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.

Discussion

2 comments
stev69
stev69

Any reasonable judiciary would laugh any law suit out of court, its just a name, aren't we supposed to be a more enlightened species these days?

Looking forward to knowing more about this though, I really enjoyed LA Noire, it had its flaws but I found it a quality experience in the end.

darlofc67
darlofc67

Well if you can get a full refund on a game because you find getting baptized offensive then god knows what people will make of this game.The title alone has "law suite written all over it."

starduke
starduke

A title like that is just asking for trouble.

EbenOlemaun
EbenOlemaun

Brendan Mcnamara is the new Peter Molyneaux. LA Noire was a massive disappointment. So much effort in some parts and none in others.

BlackBaldwin
BlackBaldwin

Sounds like a lawsuit in the making Way to go team Bondi.. Well maybe not...

burn6
burn6

the title itself is already a marketing stratagem, now this article made me curious about the La Noire which I was not interested, I think I will check it out and see if the game studio who made it is indeed running towards a good quality of gaming of just hyping their enslated game.

leikeylosh
leikeylosh

The game will be renamed "Woman of dubious morals of the Orient".

muzza93
muzza93

The name sounds like a DLC mission pack.

adam1808
adam1808

Because the ESRB isn't going to have a hernia when it reads that title.

superfluid
superfluid

Those of you complaining about the name may not have the due respect for what the team is trying to do here.  LA Noire was largely about advancing the media of games as a story telling device.  This game will clearly strive to move that needle even further.  Many movies and albums have provacative names and that is widely accepted.  This game is aimed at adults and the title reflects that.  They should NOT alter their art for the sake of appealing to a wider audience. 

danteswart
danteswart

I think its gonna be an awesome game just like la noire. Love the time setting and if people know their history then they will understand the title. Even though it might not have anything to do with whores or brothels etc, and could just be a name of some place, in reality that time was full of such places and it was definitely not like today. So for me it makes sense. Hell so as long as the title is fine the rest can be about anything? Like fifty shades of grey? Anyways great news.

daniel_chacon
daniel_chacon

i wish this next game from team bondi good luck, hoping it turns out a good game like la noire, i'll buy it when it comes out if reviews are favorable

Unfallen_Satan
Unfallen_Satan

I love it. I've always wondered what the layperson, so far as Team Bondi devs can be considered as laypersons, think of concession territories in the Far East. I guess a little like Green Zones, but we'll see.

FroMcJoe
FroMcJoe

Wow, already this game sounds more interesting than almost anything that has come out in the last 2 years!

rasputin177
rasputin177

If the game was called "Blood and Guts" or " Bullet in the Head" no one would say thing. Americans are so weird.

Hey_Jay
Hey_Jay

Sooo, I would have to order this online, yes?

rasputin177
rasputin177

I am sure the name has some connection to the game. It has a certain style (more like a move title) which makes sense for this team. It also does the job of getting you to wonder what this game is about. People just love to look for any excuse to be offended. How could the name of a video game you have no real information about and that has nothing to do with you offend you? If your going to let the name of video game stop you from buying it so be it. But, there is no reason to whine about how you are offended.

ydnarrewop
ydnarrewop

lol the title got me interested in reading :D

Stolet
Stolet

Looks interesting.

Toysoldier34
Toysoldier34

Excited for this. Need a solid PC release.

lexyz1992
lexyz1992

I love the title, its pretty ballsy to put words like that in the box of a product, i hope the game can succeed like L.A. Noire did.

SolidTy
SolidTy

I hate the title, but I am very curious how this turns out.

Lord_Python1049
Lord_Python1049

2015, we might as well be talking about the next presidential election. Oh wait, thats already happening -_-

criminalscum87
criminalscum87

L.A. Noire was an awesome game, so I'm really excited for this one. 

Lord_Python1049
Lord_Python1049

Why do people think it will offend shangai people? The game is set 80 years ago, and it brings out an interesting period. Personally, i think the name is bad. There is no personality to it. But thats my opinion.

PlatinumPaladin
PlatinumPaladin

Sounds like an interesting premise. I'm looking forward to it, although you know it's going to come under fire from the media simply because of its name. I hope they stick to their guns and don't change it. This would be a victory akin to actresses being allowed to show a 'little ankle' in movies.

SNESNOSTALGIA2
SNESNOSTALGIA2

Sounds interesting but 2015 is a long time away - enough time for a lot to change but I feel like I'm in the minority when I tell people I loved la noire even though that beautiful noir world was actually very lifeless and I feel like that held back the game. I loved how they used mo cap actors from mad men too that was neat!!! Now if you'll excuse me I'm going to watch The Maltese Falcon...

Mrod1212
Mrod1212

Love the title, hope it makes a certain group rage lol. Anyways, I really loved L.A. Noire, so I'm looking forward to this.

tclvis
tclvis

@ pretty much everyone: Their last title was innocuous, so I'm sure this title has a reason for being there, not just to garner attention. It will probably end up being the name of an artifact, a ship, or something else really boring. The game itself sounds highly intriguing.

DJKrayz_basic
DJKrayz_basic

i cant imagine a game with that title getting very good reception on store shelves in the US, or anywhere really.. except maybe in Adult Bookstores... but seriously, LA Noire was a pretty cool game, i'd definitely give it a look regardless of the title...

SystemOnline
SystemOnline

Yeah... this will definitely go down really, really well with all the Chinese people everywhere

ExtremePhobia
ExtremePhobia

 @superfluid I don't think the problem is that the name offends US but that's just going to be another rallying point for all the crackpots out there. I'm thinking that this concerns people.

 

I have more faith in the gaming industry than to fold. I think having a name like this is actually a good indicator. They feel confident in weathering these kinds of attacks.

vault-boy
vault-boy

 @rasputin177 Not just Americans who got pissy about it though, and most Americans didn't. Its called a vocal minority, but you are right about it being weird that anyone is getting pissed about it.

Renunciation
Renunciation

 @rasputin177 The title caught my eye, but "Team Bondi's L.A. Noire follow-up" is what made me click the link.

 

Call me uninformed, but I wasn't even aware that Team Bondi was still together; I remember the little meltdown there shortly after L.A. Noire's release.   Between bankruptcy and angry employees, it seemed like a "38 Studios"-sized problem.  Glad to know they're still around.

SolidTy
SolidTy

 @Dragon-Power Why do you post these comments?! You are thanking him for getting paid and doing his job...

 

Spammy man, real spammy.

Poidad
Poidad

 @lexyz1992 L.A. Noire was ordinary at best. Bring out a more Red Dead Redemption type game.

xsonicchaos
xsonicchaos

 @SNESNOSTALGIA2 I think most gamers loved LA Noire. No matter what flaws you could possibly find, the game was a masterpiece.

Lord_Python1049
Lord_Python1049

@Mrod1212 i doubt it. There have been tales set in the seedy streets of nyc in that period, loads of asian cinema on that period, i dont understand why anyone would rage seriously.

superfluid
superfluid

 @SystemOnline

 Why would Chinese people be more offended than any other nationality?  That's like saying all Americans are going to be outraged about GTA V because it's set in a fake LA. Are you racist?

SystemOnline
SystemOnline

But it's fine! Chinese people apparently don't buy games anyway, so screw that demographic!

FarmFreshDX
FarmFreshDX

 @ExtremePhobia  @superfluid Definitely. It's going to be a profound statement for sure, but overall it will definitely hurt the everyday person's perception of the game.

cephas90
cephas90

 @Poidad  @lexyz1992 I agree Poidad, but that facial animation... I get chills thinking about it.  I would love to see more games, a la Halo4, that utilize that sort of facial mapping.  But LA Noire has no equal in that department I think.

Lord_Python1049
Lord_Python1049

@SystemOnline why would chinese people be offended? Its specifically set in shanghai, not sll of china. As long as its historically accurate. There exists a large collection of stories ad movies set about that period BY asian cinema a lot of corruption did exist.