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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

11 Comments

  1. Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

    June 24, 2013 at 13:33

    Awesome news. But will it be enough to get them through to completion though?

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    • Yolanda Green

      June 24, 2013 at 13:38

      Most probably not.

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      • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

        June 24, 2013 at 13:39

        A pitty. But aren’t they then just delaying the inevitable?

        Maybe now that someone has shown some support others will as well?

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        • Andre116

          June 24, 2013 at 13:40

          I think it is all about getting a tech demo ready now to entice possible investors.

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          • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

            June 24, 2013 at 13:41

            Yeah, probably the best bet. I haven’t really been following this but have they attempted any crowd funding yet?

          • Andre116

            June 24, 2013 at 13:43

            I actually don’t know that either. Have not really been following the story either.

  2. Admiral Chief Groot Wors

    June 24, 2013 at 13:48

    Yoh yoh yoh, that old header, the “original” was a bit rof ne?

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    • Trevor Davies

      June 24, 2013 at 13:49

      Where have we seen that red dress before? *runs away very very fast*

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    • Andre116

      June 24, 2013 at 13:49

      Haha. I was also remember the “upskirt whore” header of the previous Orient article.

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  3. Trevor Davies

    June 24, 2013 at 13:51

    I wonder if the title of this game helps or hurts them?

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    • Argentil

      June 24, 2013 at 14:02

      Considering their current predicament, it probably hurts them.

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