Thursday, August 30, 2012

LA Noire creator's next game revealed with first image, planned for next-gen platforms

Details of the next game from Team Bondi (LA Noire) briefly came to the surface late last year, except with no real confirmation regarding the game’s validity. Today, however, information on this mystery title appeared on the developer’s website.

While the information seems to have been removed, the very first image and details for Whore of the Orient have been revealed.

Whore of the Orient Banner

Here’s the game’s description from Team Bondi’s site:

“Shanghai, 1936. Whore of the Orient. Paris of the East. The most corrupt and decadent city on the planet, where anything can be had or done for the right price. Plaything of Western powers who greedily exploit the Chinese masses. Boiling pot of Chinese nationalism, with the Kuomintang ruthlessly trying to suppress Communism and the labour movement. Home to the International Police Force, a group of Western cops hopelessly trying to keep the lid on and keep the peace.

“From the development team who brought you L.A. Noire and The Getaway, along with the Academy Award winning film production team of Kennedy Miller Mitchell comes a completely new and original IP being developed for next generation games consoles and PC.

“The Getaway, famous for its photo-realistic look, strong narrative and uncompromising gameplay style, sold over 4 million units on the PlayStation 2. The release of L.A. Noire set the quality bar even higher selling over 5 million units. L.A. Noire was critically heralded as a breakthrough for interactive storytelling and was the first game ever to be invited to be shown at New York’s world renowned Tribeca Film Festival.

“L.A. Noire has gone on to become the UK’s fastest selling original IP - a title previously held by The Getaway - and a worldwide number one hit. Using award winning animation technology to capture every actor’s facial performance in astonishing detail, L.A. Noire combined breathtaking action with true detective work to deliver an unprecedented interactive experience.”

The website also noted that Whore of the Orient is planned for release on next-generation consoles and the PC, so the below-appearing image might in fact be a real-time snapshot:

Whore of the Orient Image

You’ll remember that following the release of LA Noire, Team Bondi entered bankruptcy and was absorbed by KMM Interactive, George Miller’s film production company. The image above has also been seen with a Warner Bros. logo, and considering KMM’s collaboration with the studio in the past, Warner Bros. Interactive could be in talks to publish Whore of the Orient.

When we find out more, we’ll let you know.


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