Australia funds the Whore of the Orient

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L.A Noire development studio Team Bondi’s been through some tough times, earlier this year multiple reports surfaced that the studio was closed. This of course meant that their latest crime-drama in development, Whore of the Orient went out the window. I know you guys remember this, even if you don’t, because of Geoff’s shocking header to the studio closure report. The title however has received enough funding from the Australian government’s Screen NSW program to keep it alive.

Kennedy Miller Mitchell (KMM), the production house that acquired the rights to the game received $200, 000 from the New South Wales’ Interactive Media Fund, and even though it’s not really what you’d call enough to develop a modern game for PC and next-gen consoles it still means that the title can stay afloat. Whore of the Orient will no longer be published by Rockstar, publishers of L.A Noire. It’s not easy to say how this might impact the game, one can only wonder if it’ll still be as good.

Team Bondi never revealed too much about the game, but this is what we know so far:

Whore of the Orient is set in Shanghai, 1936. It follows the exploits of the International Police Force, a group of Western cops hopelessly trying to keep the lid on and keep the peace.[1]

Whore of the Orient is being developed for next gen systems and PC by Brendan McNamara and his acclaimed development team (who brought you L.A. Noire and The Getaway,) along with the Academy Award winning film production team of Kennedy Miller Mitchell comes Whore of the Orient, a next-generation gaming title.

Brendan McNamara, writer and director of The Getaway and L.A. Noire, previously said that the team’s next game will be “one of the great untold stories of the 20th Century.”

Team Bondi is actively recruiting for the project which will be published by Warner Bros, with the site advertising several roles in the programming, animation, art, and design departments.

Last Updated: June 24, 2013

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