Team Bondi, developer of Rockstar hit LA Noire
, is kaput. Edge
reports that documents were filed with the Australian Securities and Investments Commission, indicating that the studio would close. The studio entered administration
in late August, with its assets reportedly sold
to Australian production company Kennedy Miller Mitchell.
Although LA Noire
was an unquestionable
hit for publisher Rockstar, becoming the "fastest-selling new video game IP
ever in the UK," the game was on a separate narrative track from the internal drama
going on at Team Bondi. Seven years of development took its toll
on the staff
In time, the truth will shake out about what went wrong at Team Bondi, in a year that should have established the studio as a force ending with its demise. For those who only care about the future of LA Noire
... don't you worry, IP holder Take-Two Interactive (parent company of Rockstar) isn't about to let a new series -- that shipped 4 million copies
-- just disappear.