L.A. Noire may have initially released over eight years ago, and while the brand doesn't appear to be one of publisher Rockstar's priorities, that doesn't necessarily suggest that the series doesn't have any life left in it. Rather, a new rumor suggests that the series may be making a comeback in the form of a VR game for PlayStation 4 that is a port of VR game for PC.
Since the game's first release in 2011, L.A. Noire received a remaster on Xbox One, PS4, and Switch nearly two years ago. Beyond that, the franchise has mostly taken a backseat to publisher Rockstar's other franchises, like Grand Theft Auto and Red Dead Redemption. Yet, a new rumor suggests that an L.A. Noire VR port may be heading to PlayStation 4 soon.
The rumor comes from the PEGI ratings board, which suggests that a title called L.A. Noire: The VR Case Files will be releasing December 8, 2019 on PlayStation 4. According to the rumor, it will have a PEGI rating of "18," which is very similar to the "Mature" rating in North America.
L.A. Noire's upcoming PlayStation VR release comes courtesy of ResetEra user "modiz," who suggests that the release date given is just a placeholder. He also reminds onlookers that the VR game for PlayStation 4 is also a port, as L.A. Noire: The VR Case Files had originally been released on PC on December 15, 2017.
The PEGI ratings board has been right before, as a prior PEGI rating had accurately predicted Minecraft's launch on the Wii U. However, until something more concrete comes along, it might be best to take this with a grain of salt.
Although PC gamers may have technically experienced it before, L.A. Noire on PSVR would be great. Using a VR headset to explore 1940s L.A. would give an even greater sense of authenticity. Furthermore, a VR release on PlayStation 4 could revitalize the franchise. The series' strength may lie in consoles, so another console release with a VR game could be enough to boost the brand into the mainstream again and possibly gain another following.
L.A. Noire is currently available on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and PC.