Should a sequel to Rockstar Games’ latest offering ever appear, it won’t come from the original developer. Team Bondi, the studio that labored on L.A. Noire since 2005, has been liquidated, according to documents filed by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission.

Team Bondi went into administration on August 30, after the Sydney-based studio filed a notification of discharge. This move followed months of swelling controversy surrounding L.A. Noire’s development. In June, former Team Bondi employees claimed that at least 100 employees had been left off the game’s credit roll. Developers who worked on the game then spoke up, saying they had worked 10-12 hours a day, seven days a week, in “praise-free” conditions.

Develop reports that some Team Bondi assets and staff will be transferred to another Sydney production studio, Kennedy Miller Mitchell.

L.A. Noire was released in May to critical acclaim and solid sales. It is scheduled to be released on PC next month. Anandtech has contacted Rockstar regarding their plans to support L.A. Noire following Team Bondi’s dissolution.

Sources: Develop, Gamasutra

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  • mckirkus - Thursday, October 6, 2011 - link

    The Anandtech comment system should have been liquidated instead. Love the site but this is the one hairy mole on an otherwise beautiful face. I guess if you want to buy an Ed Hardy t-shirt it's pretty cool though.
  • EnerJi - Friday, October 7, 2011 - link

    Wish I could 'Like' or "+1" this post.

    AnandTech team--why don't you guys just switch to Disqus? Easy to do and words FAR better than your current commenting system.
  • Zensen - Friday, October 7, 2011 - link

    please don't do disqus.
  • SquattingDog - Thursday, October 6, 2011 - link

    The company may still be traded on by the liquidators if there is a significant amount of money owing to involved parties, and if it is profitable to do so with a skeleton staff. Team Bondi may well be purchased by another development house following this, bringing it out of liquidation - do you guys know anything about this, or have all the assets been sold and has the company been completely shut down?

    Would be a bit of a bugger not to get something like this ported to the PC, not that I'm a huge Rockstar fan (waaaayyy too console-oriented for my liking, and games are resource hogs for no reason), but there's always a bit of fun to be had :)
  • Craig Getting - Thursday, October 6, 2011 - link

    As far as I know the game is still coming to PC, as the PC announcement was made *after* the initial notice of discharge was filed. My biggest questions pertain to any future DLC, or who is handling patches, etc. on the PC version.

    Still waiting to hear from Rockstar.
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  • SquattingDog - Sunday, October 9, 2011 - link

    Thanks for this Craig and rarson, much appreciated :)

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