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Team Bondi's Whore Of The Orient Is Dead

Whore no more

We haven’t heard much about Whore of the Orient, the spiritual successor to LA Noire for a good while and it appears the project has been cancelled.

Team Bondi had a rocky relationship with Rockstar and shortly after LA Noire the team was put in to administration , with rumours of mismanagement. Warner Bros were also rumoured to be publishing Whore of the Orient but pulled out.

Former producer of the game, Derek Proud, was asked on the Gamehugs podcast if the title would ever be seen.  “I don’t think so. That was one of the games and one of the studios I kind of left right at the bitter end. When we got wrapped-up,” said Proud.

“Whore of the Orient was the spiritual successor to L.A. Noire,” he added. “We were going to use that tech and we were going to create a game set in the 1930s, maybe 1940s, of Shanghai. Shanghai was the only place in the world you could go to in the 1930s and 1940s if you didn’t have a passport. So everybody who was running from something went to Shanghai. The whole city was run by a gangster called Big-Eared Du and it’s just the most fascinating time, place and setting.”

“And we were creating a game with all of that rich texture to it. And we fought for it. Brendan [McNamara – studio head], Alex Carlyle [design lead], Vicky Lord [general manager] and Naresh Hirani [project producer] all fought to keep that project alive. And I fought, too, it was something we were all passionate about. But in the end, that was the way it went.”

Team Bondi boss Brendan MacNamara has previously said would be “one of the great untold stories of the twentieth century.” It seems like it will continue to be untold.

Source: Gamehugs via Eurogamer

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