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According to Develop, Game IP and other remaining assets owned by L.A. Noire Developer Team Bondi may have been sold off to Kennedy Miller Mitchell, a Sydney based production studio. Bondi has been under the microscope lately as news of their harsh working conditions while developing L.A. Noire made their way across the Internet. KMM works across a variety of media, including games, and according to Develop, all of the staff from Team Bondi were given the choice of a job at KMM or severance pay.
- NEWSL.A. Noire Developer Team Bondi Under Investigation After Employees Claim Being Severely Overworked
There are rumors that Team Bondi went bankrupt, or that KMM simply just bought the studio. No official documents have been made available to the public, but the word on the street is Brendan McNamara will be joining KMM too. Many of the complaints filed against Team Bondi had to do with McNamara's unrelenting crunch demands, so I'm sure many of the staff will not be too pleased about this.
Regardless, all of the promised bonus money from the successful L.A. Noire sales are probably gone, and none of those hard working developers will get a cut of it.
Develop states that Rockstar Games still owns the L.A. Noire IP and has not been affected by the sale. For those PC gamers who still want to get their hands on L.A. Noire, don't worry, as Rockstar Leeds is still working on that version of the crime solving game.
What do you think about the seeming downfall of Team Bondi?