Indeed, there was a six-year gap between Red Dead Revolver and Red Dead Redemption, and by the time Max Payne 3 launches in May, eight and a half years will have passed since the release of its immediate predecessor. Team Bondi may not exist anymore, but Rockstar does own the L.A. Noire IP.
If we do ever see another L.A. Noire game, its existence will have defied the odds once again. While the long-in-development title launched to critical acclaim last May, its makers -- the Sydney-based studio Team Bondi -- became embroiled in an embarrassing cavalcade of post-release controversies. These included reports of missing credits for scores of employees; allegations by former employees of being overworked and not compensated properly; rumors of an irreparably soured relationship with publisher Rockstar Games; and ultimately, a sale of assets and IP before going into administration (the Australian equivalent of bankruptcy) with over AUD 1.4 million of collective debt to staff and creditors.
That said, L.A. Noire was one of my top ten games of 2011, and I'll gladly wait half a decade or more if Rockstar can make a sequel that turns out as well as the original. What about you?
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