5 July 2011

Ex Team Bondi Staff Member Reveals Frosty Relationship With Rockstar

L.A. Noire may have been released to rave reviews and great sales, but it may be the end of developer Team Bondi's relationship with Rockstar Games. Following allegations of bad working conditions by ex-members of Team Bondi, another ex-staffer has come forth with a rather bleak look at the studio's future with the L.A. Noire publisher.

The ex-staffer told GamesIndustry: "It’s pretty well reported now that the working conditions were bad. What hasn’t been discussed yet (from what I’ve seen) is the relationship between Team Bondi and Rockstar. I’ve heard a lot about Rockstar’s disdain for Team Bondi, and it has been made quite clear that they will not publish Team Bondi’s next game.

"Team Bondi are trying to find another publisher for their next title, but the relationship with Rockstar has been badly damaged – Brendan treats L.A. Noire like a success due to his vision but I think Rockstar are the ones who saved the project. They continued to sink money into LA Noire, and their marketing was fantastic. Without their continued support, Team Bondi would have gone under several years ago."

The ex-staffer also pointed out a few inconsistencies with what founder Brendan McNamara has said in an IGN interview with what was actually happening at the studio

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