GamerEuphoria says : Sydney based developer Team Bondi, behind this years blockbuster L.A. Noire has called in the liquidators....
Bad management! L.A. Noire sold well but obviously Team Bondi has bad management issues!!
I assumed La Noire didn't do all that well, due to the fact that Gamestation are selling it new for under £20 now
thats normal for all games, unless it CoD of course
PS3 = 1.84 million 360 = 1.80 million PC = not out yet looking at $109,200,000 - $50 million Dev cost (very high estimate) = $59,200,000 in profit so far. BUT DEVS get paid up front which is the Devs cost and the Publisher gets the profit. Devs do get a bonus if the game sales a certain amount of units. all in all Team bondi had some financial issues as it was an upstart company and so far l.a. noire was it's only paychek that I know of. team Bondi was founded by some guy who worked on The getaway and getaway 2.
why!? I know the development cycle was very long but didnt it sell very well? like 4 million? Maybe Brendan.M will come back home to Britain and set up another company here?
yeah but after how much spent in cycles of developpement ? Besides Rockstar dropped them like hot potatoes after the scandals behind their employées abuses .
They probably had created some massive debts in that long development cycle. You can't afford to make mistakes like that. All the loan sharks in the world can't save a developer that mismanages money like that. You can easily spend 50-100million (see 'Realtime Worlds') making a game, but that doesn't mean money well spent!
They're in trouble because all the expensive costs were covered by Rockstar. Once Rockstar got wind of how things were ran at Team Bondi, they bolted and dropped Team Bondi. Without Rockstar's funding, they're as good as dead. Harsh maybe, but they brought it on themselves after how they treated their employees.
I think the downfall is due to a lot of things. Despite great sales, the length of the development cycle and the subsequent "falling out" with Rockstar that Team Bondi had over crediting staff left them isolated.
what a shame
Rockstar should buy the rights for la noire
Shame I actually liked L.A Noire and I was hoping for a sequal to the game. Unless Rockstar can buy the rights to the game and produce a sequal to L.A Noire a great game is going to fade away.
Why is every Australian dev closing down? Japan is slowly going the same way... And America will take over completely and everything will be a military fps. Until China outdoes them with their 12 year old programming labor at foxconn with games that have the quality of everything else they produce lol.
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