You know what they say, nothing great ever comes without a cost and that seems to be the case with this latest bit of Rockstar/Team Bondi news. Team Bondi was the developer behind one of this year’s best games, L.A. Noire, which has sold a ridiculous amount of copies and been widely hailed as a major step forward for gaming in terms of presentation. According to a report on GI.biz, issues between Team Bondi and Rockstar have deteriorated to the point where Rockstar won’t be publishing the developer’s next title. The report claims that Team Bondi is trying to find a new publisher for the next title and that the relationship between Rockstar and Team Bondi has been severely damaged.
This is big news because things have to be really bad between the two companies for Rockstar to pass on a title from a developer whose last game was such a huge hit. The report goes on to say that while Team Bondi’s CEO treats L.A. Noire like it was his huge success, the success of the title was actually do in large part to Rockstar substantial support of the title. Apparently, Rockstar continued to pump money into L.A. Noire when things didn’t go right and as well all know they did an awesome job promoting and marketing the game. Without Rockstar’s support the post says that Team Bondi would have gone under years ago.
What is worse is that Rockstar apparently had plan to take over Team Bondi and turn it into a Rockstar Sydney subsidiary but after working with Team Bondi management Rockstar decided that would be a very bad idea. If this is true then Rockstar is right and it may turn out to be a huge loss for Team Bondi who after this will be hard pressed to find a publisher to give them the kind of support that Rockstar did.
LA Noire released back in May for PS3 and 360. It’ll release on PC this coming fall. Guess nothing comes without a price, read the full article for more details.