Rockstar Games don’t seem very thrilled with LA Noire developer – Team Bondi – and will not publish any of the Aussie studio’s new projects soon. It seems Rockstar Games are not happy with the studio’s development times, a lack of clear vision and mismanagement at a senior level.
GamesIndustry.biz has revealed internal emails from heads at Team Bondi that highlight “the company’s extreme policies to overtime, pay freezes and crunching – as well as co-founder Brendan McNamara’s volatile reputation,” reads the article from GIBiz.
An ex Team Bondi staff member confirmed that they had heard a lot about “Rockstar’s disdain for Team Bondi,” and it has been made “quite clear” that Rockstar 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 source apparently also revealed that Rockstar had also made a huge contribution to the development and their producers were “increasingly influential over the last two years of the game’s development, and overruled many of the insane decisions made by Team Bondi management.”
“It’s also worth pointing out that Rockstar used to be very keen on making Team Bondi something like ‘Rockstar Sydney’ – the more they worked with Team Bondi management, the more they came to understand that this was a terrible idea.”
Team Bondi’s McNamara’s was reportedly angry about the redesign of the LA Noire logo, which allegedly left out Team Bondi. McNamara states in an email that, “Every dog has its day and there’s going to be hell to pay for this one,” wrote McNamara in an email intended for one designer but accidently sent to the entire team. “I’ll never forget being treated like an absolute **** by these people.”