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12:45 PM on 08.02.2013

First footage of Team Bondi's Whore of the Orient appears

Leaked footage of Team Bondi's Whore of the Orient recently surfaced on VideoGamer.com, courtesy of a "trusted source." The gameplay video reveals some awkward fighting, some brisk running, and a lot of hiding behind bo...

Fraser Brown


12:45 PM on 08.30.2012

L.A. Noire developer's follow-up is slated for next-gen

Whore of the Orient, Team Bondi's anticipated follow-up to L.A. Noire, will be published on next-gen consoles and PC by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. Set in 1930's Shangai, during a time of political unrest, Whore o...

Allistair Pinsof



The grand adventure: Making a comeback photo
The grand adventure: Making a comeback
by Fraser Brown

Check out the first part of the feature, here!

The last few years have been an interesting time for the adventure game genre. After a decade of disappointment, fans finally started to see more and more titles appear and most importantly, become successes. Big changes in the industry, such as the rise of digital distribution and the popularity of episodic content created a more favorable environment to craft these games in. More opportunities for indie developers started to appear as well.

In this, the second part of the feature, I'll be taking a look at what impact these changes have had on the developers and their games as well as what we might be able to expect in the future (hoverboards, hoverboards, hoverboards.) Providing us with words of wisdom are: Al Lowe, creator of Leisure Suit Larry; Dan Connors, CEO of Telltale Games; Dave Gilbert, creator of the Blackwell series and founder of developer/publisher, Wadjet Eye Games; and Josh Nuernberger, creator of Gemini Rue.

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1:00 AM on 02.14.2012

Rockstar: 'Don't count out' another L.A. Noire game

The years-long L.A. Noire saga had a sad ending last year, but fans of the game may yet have a reason for optimism. In the latest edition of its "Asked & Answered" series, a Q&A with fans, Rockstar Games responded to ...

Samit Sarkar

10:45 AM on 10.07.2011

Team Bondi staff, others owed more than AUD 1.4 million

Team Bondi creative staff are among a slew of other creditors owed big amounts of money following the destruction of the L.A. Noire studio. Over forty people are owed more than $1.4 million (Australian) in collective deb...

Jim Sterling

1:00 PM on 10.05.2011

Team Bondi officially closing its doors

It's official folks -- the studio behind one of the biggest games of 2011 has officially begun the process of dying. You usually hear of a studio closing after they release a flop, but it would seem that not even L.A. Noire c...

Jim Sterling



Hands-on with L.A. Noire: The Complete Edition on PC photo
Hands-on with L.A. Noire: The Complete Edition on PC
by Robert Fooks

When Team Bondi and Rockstar Games set out to make the great undertaking that was L.A. Noire, they chose to explore many gray areas of gaming which are most often hidden away from the all-consuming hype and limitless budgets of your average AAA production. Choosing the path less followed, Team Bondi opted out of the normalcy of today's inundated market with fast-paced action gaming.

The final product being a slow and methodical yet harrowing detective tale interlaced with frequent police chases which often culminated in a crescendo of violence worthy of the Rockstar name. Given the success, it came as no surprise to me that it would be receiving the inevitable port to a PC near you. So how does the Cole Phelps experience fare when brought to a keyboard and mouse?

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10:30 PM on 09.02.2011

The DTOID Show: Serious Sam, Skyrim Bugs, and CoD: XP

Good evening, Destuctikids! As it's a Friday, we shot today's Destructoid Show in front of a LIVE internet audience. In case you missed it, here it is. Today, in addition to giving away some Assassin's Creed Revelations...

Max Scoville

9:20 AM on 09.01.2011

Team Bondi closes its doors and enters administration

The Sydney-based developer of L.A. Noire hasn't had the best of times since its 1940s-era crime epic was released in May. Despite strong sales and positive reviews, Team Bondi's troubles extended to employees' lack of proper ...

David Rayfield

1:45 PM on 08.09.2011

Team Bondi assets and IP reportedly sold to KMM

Following allegations of unfair working conditions and rumors of bankruptcy, it's been reported that L.A. Noire developer Team Bondi has sold its assets and intellectual property to KMM, with Bondi employees given the choice ...

Jim Sterling

5:30 PM on 08.06.2011

Team Bondi not done yet

After the Team Bondi scandal first came up in June, and continued to be a thing through July, the future of the studio became unclear. With all the bad press surrounding the team, doubt of their survival became an issue as ev...

Victoria Medina





10:45 AM on 07.27.2011

Epic thinks crediting staff doesn't cost a thing

Epic Games president Mike Capps has commented on the ongoing "Did Team Bondi act like a gigantic cock?" debate by adding his own thoughts when it comes to giving staff the credit they deserve. He thinks it's "really f*cking c...

Jim Sterling

1:15 PM on 07.26.2011

Pachter: Overworked devs need to find another job

Industry analyst Michael "Slippery Bullet" Pachter has weighed in on the "crunch period" debate reignited by recent Team Bondi controversies. According to Pacther, working long hours is an obligation, and anybody who dislikes...

Jim Sterling

8:40 AM on 07.14.2011

Team Bondi: Ex-staff members want to 'destroy' studio

L.A. Noire lead programmer Dave Heironymus has addressed the controversy surrounding his studio's working conditions, firmly taking the side of his employers. Addressing the former staff members who have accused Team Bon...

Jim Sterling

3:30 PM on 07.13.2011

More L.A. Noire content on the way, 'game isn't complete'

The recently released "Reefer Madness" downloadable content for L.A. Noire may not be the last we see of detective Cole Phelps. "The game isn't complete yet," Rockstar told Kotaku when asked if there was more to come."Reefer ...

Nick Chester

4:45 PM on 07.07.2011

L.A. Noire gets 'Reefer Madness' next week, trailer now

Another add-on case for L.A. Noire, another quick trailer involving fleeing suspects, yelling, and accusing people of hiding something. This one is called "Reefer Madness," appropriately enough. It's a Vice case, so you'll h...

Jordan Devore