LA Noire was quite the success, but behind-the-scenes controversy meant developers Team Bondi couldn't quite revel in the moment. Such were the brutal working conditions they subjected their staff to, former publisher Rockstar dropped the team almost instantly, leaving Team Bondi to regroup and come up with a new game plan. However, it appears McNamara and co may have find a new home.
"Brendan McNamara was seen walking through the buildings of Dr. D yesterday, where Happy Feet 2 is being made," claims a Kotaku source. Dr. D is George Miller's animation studio. Miller is helming the upcoming Mad Max reboot starring Tom Hardy in the titular role. Due to their close proximity to one another, Team Bondi and Dr. D - which is a part of Miller's larger KMM outfit - would seem a match made in heaven.
Or not. According to Kotaku's source, a bulk of Dr. D's most recent staff are former Team Bondi employees who left the company due to the cruel working conditions forced upon them by McNamara. The source told Kotaku his "unexpected visit" was "unsettling" for the KMM staff. However, Miller owns the company, and he's said to have been very impressed with LA Noire and McNamara's "refusal to compromise his artistic vision in the face of deadlines". Directors, eh?
If you needed more convincing, remember this; KMM is headed up by Cory Barlog, the former Sony Santa Monica developer who worked on God of War 1 and 2, eventually directing the latter. He left the company to join KMM, where he's admitted to have been working on a Mad Max game in conjunction with Miller's film.
It's a difficult matter to judge. Whilst we'd all like to see Team Bondi working on more LA Noire, their treatment of their hard-working staff cannot be ignored. [Kotaku]