Rockstar's L.A. Noire is set to boast the best facial animations ever seen in a game, featuring over 400 motion-captured faces for its massive cast of characters. However, this level of detail is set to come at a heavy file size cost: and will fill three Xbox 360 DVDs when it launches in a couple of weeks. Full story below.
Speaking to Kotaku, Rockstar's Jeronimo Barrera confirmed that L.A. Noire will ship on three DVDs on the Xbox 360 and fill an entire 25GB Blu-Ray disc on the PS3.
L.A. Noire was always going to be a massive game, from the size and detail of the world to the length of the cases, and of course, the sheer amount of MotionScan data required for the faces of over 400 actors in-game. To tell the story and make the game we wanted to make, we knew that it was going to take an entire single layer Blu-ray disc and three Xbox discs.
All arguments for and against the Xbox 360's disc format of choice notwithstanding, Barrera has allayed our fears that disc-swapping will become an overly intrusive part of the experience. Apparently we'll only need to change the DVD during natural breaks in the narrative.
Since the game is built around the concept of progressing through individual cases from desk to desk, players on Xbox will find disc-swapping is hassle-free. In fact, players will only need to swap discs twice at natural breaks between cases without interrupting the flow of the game.
Finally, Barrera confirmed that more DLC will likely be on the way after launch - and that the case file narrative structure will allow future episodes to slot seamlessly into the experience.
Throughout development, we created lots of great cases, the bulk of which were central to the main story of Cole Phelps and his rise through the ranks of the LAPD, alongside other cases that felt more like strong stand-alone episodes. This gave us a powerful main story, and left us with quality extra content that we wanted to put out as DLC, that would slot seamlessly into the existing game.
We're very, very excited about L.A. Noire; regardless of how many discs it ships on. However, it might be time to ask whether the Xbox 360 disc is due for an upgrade...