Team Bondi Won't Be Rockstar Sydney Anytime Soon
Posted on Tuesday, July 5 @ 09:09:36 Eastern by Daniel Bischoff
Last week we wrote about how Team Bondi and L.A. Noire development head Brendan McNamara was called "angry and abusive" by former staffers of the Australian developer. This week sees more claims levied at the development by ex-employees turned whistleblowers.
While there is a wealth of additional claims and internal e-mails to support the original allegations of mismanagement, perpetual crunch time, and resultant employee turnover, it's more interesting to read about the soured relationship between Team Bondi and L.A. Noire publisher Rockstar Games. While Rockstar has had their own issues with working conditions, brought to light during the development of Red Dead Redemption at Rockstar San Diego, they don't seem keen on bringing more of those problems into their fold.
In a story by GamesIndustry.biz, a former Team Bondi employee states:
It would make a lot of sense for Rockstar Games to bring Team Bondi into their publishing and developing fold. For them to shy away after being directly involved in L.A. Noire's development, there had to be some pretty strong issues.
I guess if you really want to give the developer behind the game its due, you'll have to look at the long list of artists, programmers, and development staff that didn't stand in front of Gametrailer TV and explain the Motionscan technology. You've got to dig through the list of developers to find the individuals who worked on the massive game and appreciate the conditions they toiled under to bring such a thing to reality.
You probably don't want to go looking for a job at Team Bondi anytime soon either. All this bad press screams "studio closure" to me. With such a wildly successful game under its belt, only comments like these could bring Team Bondi down after the seven-year development period for L.A. Noire failed to do so.
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