Team Bondi, the Australian Studio that teamed with Rockstar for LA Noire, spoke with PSM3 in a recent issue about upcoming projects and a peek inside their creative minds.
Brendan McNamara, studio boss at Team Bondi, was asked if the studio plans on developing a modern-day style LA Noire, with thoughts of a similar premise to this generation’s popular crime shows such as The Shield.
Yeah, we’re big fans of [modern TV crime] shows… I think one of the strengths of LA Noire is that you can have characterisation like A, B, C, D, E, F, G kind of characters – people who just had a cameo but [the actors] did these incredible performances.
It’s evident that the character depth was celebrated in LA Noire with the plethora of detail, back stories, and the large number of actors in the title. McNamara, however, explains that they’d like to take it a step further to build relationships and revisit characters throughout the game – inspired by the character depth in popular crime series like The Wire.
I think one of the things we’d like to explore is this idea with a cast of people where we keep reconnecting them, like TV shows such as The Wire did. And someone who has a small part – and even big stars have these parts – could develop and become more interesting.
I think that’s one of the desires going forward – that you have a favourite character, you get to meet them more often, different things happen. But that’s all game design story stuff we’re kicking around.
All of this sounds great, but what game are these ideas being kicked around for? McNamara declined that it would be a sequel to LA Noire since the property belongs to Rockstar. Team Bondi left no confirmation of an LA Noire sequel for the near future, stating that Rockstar’s “next imperative is probably Max Payne, and further on they’ve got other, bigger fish to fry than LA Noire…”
Not quite sure what that means, but we are anticipating the next installment of Grand Theft Auto, possibly a continuity of Red Dead Redemption or maybe a brand new IP. There’s even the recent creation of Rockstar Films, so either way it seems there will be a lot to look forward to in the Rockstar and Team Bondi camps.