Rockstar Games seems to have success releasing their games in the early part of the year. This console generation has seen Grand Theft Auto IV release towards the end of April 2008, and last year Red Dead Redemption came out in May. Both of those games went on to sell extremely well, with Red Dead Redemption placing fifth on the list of highest selling titles of 2010.
This April to May window seems to works well for Rockstar, and they are ready to once again capitalize on that period with L.A. Noire. In the latest trailer released for the game, it is revealed that L.A. Noire will be hitting the streets on May 17, 2011.
While we have already seen the technology behind the impressive facial animation system the game uses, and a trailer introducing us to the world, we haven't really seem anything in regards to the story. However, the new trailer released today gives us a brief look at the story, and it appears to involve tracking down a serial killer. It has some of the usual twists of a serial-killer-stringing-along-the-cops story, such as a letter sent to the police using cut out scraps from a newspaper and messages carved into the victims.
The trailer also introduces a potential femme fatale and shows a few short moments of interrogations which, according to rumors, make up a large portion of the game. The trailer's last line is even "If there ever was a time for extracting a confession, this is it!"
See the trailer for yourself below. Warning: Graphic Blood and Violence -- this game will clearly be M rated.
Rockstar's past success with Bully, Red Dead Redemption, and the GTA series makes it clear that these guys know how to tell a story. Add in a great setting like 1940s Los Angeles and it is no surprise that L.A. Noire ranked number 14 on Game Rant's Most Anticipated Game of 2011.
These past few trailers show that the mood and story seem to be in good hands, now we just need to see more of the gameplay. Will it be shooter heavy or investigation and interrogation heavy? Given the stereotype that gamer's are only happy shooting people in the face, will Rockstar have the confidence to make driving and shooting secondary to character interaction and story? Or will this be another GTA clone like Red Dead, but with old cars instead of horses?
As we get closer to the May 17th release date, Rockstar will most likely reveal more and more information about the game. Typically, they hold their games in secret a lot longer than other companies and reveal a ton of information in the months leading up to release. While there are still a lot of questions about the game yet to be answered, it appears to be on track to be one of the games to watch for in 2011.
What do you think of the new trailer for L.A. Noire? How do you think the game will compare to Rockstar's other work?
L.A. Noire is set for May 17, 2011, release on the Xbox 360 and PS3.