If you've already finished LA Noire, you'll know the credits crawl is vast! With the vocal cast alone comprising over four hundred actors, not to mention the studio and outsourced help, too, it takes a bloody age to reach the end. But it could have been longer according to reports emerging today, which reveal over a hundred staff who worked on Rockstar and Team Bondi's 1940s crime caper had their names cut from the credits.
Eurogamer received an email from the group earlier today, who prior to LA Noire's release had their contracts severed. Even so, it is customary to include all the workforce who spent their time and energy on fulfilling the original vision, regardless of their status come launch.
"We are writing to you as a group of former Team Bondi developers who worked on the recently released hit console game," begins the document sent to Eurogamer. "The game's credits roll is missing over 100 names, many of whom we personally worked with during our time there. Others have been credited under 'Special Thanks', where they would be eligible to be credited under their relevant discipline".
The group explains Rockstar removed their names from the credits simply because "they were not there during the final month or two of production, or for some other subjective criteria". Furthermore, the email reveals a "significant portion of these people did not leave Team Bondi by choice: they were made redundant as the art production wound down, and as Quality Assurance was shifted off-shore to Rockstar's studios".
It's not the first time we've heard of employee strife or in-house controversy from Rockstar. Prior to Red Dead Redemption's release, reports emerged of the brutal hours and unpaid overtime Rockstar employees were forced to perform, and the shocking lack of order or discipline. It's a real shame such a large number of individuals involved in such a terrific title couldn't revel in the glory of its success. We'll have more for you on this if or when it develops. [Eurogamer]