Some of the people behind LA Noire and its VR adaptation LA Noire: The VR Case Files are working on a “AAA open world titled in VR” for Rockstar Games.
The news came as an update posted on Video Games Deluxe’s LinedIn page, with the small team looking to expand as they take on the new project:
Having finished the critically well received L.A.Noire: The V.R. Case Files we are now gearing up for a new project, a AAA open world title in VR for Rockstar. 2020 marks our 7th year of working exclusively for Rockstar in Sydney and we are excited to taking on this ground breaking project.
We have a number of job openings in our Sydney studio including Senior Programmers, Engine Programmer, Designer and Animator. If you are interested in one of these positions or would like two speak to someone who works here about VGD please get in touch.
Video Games Deluxe is currently a 10-person team featuring Bendan McNamara, who was the director of LA Noire at Team Bondi. That studio was closed in 2011 shortly after the release of LA Noire (which had been a somewhat troubled and protracted project), with the game then morphed into a VR experience for Oculus Rift and HTC Vive in 2017 as LA Noire: The VR Case Files. The VR Case Files were later released for PlayStation VR in 2019.
The VR Case Files took the original game and cut it down to fit the early forms of virtual reality. While it retained some open world elements, letting your drive through LA and walk around environments as you investigate cases, the content was stripped back to feature a curtailed story and set of cases to work through.
Jim said in our LA Noire: The VR Case Files PSVR review:
“It’s not quite as lavish as other versions of the game (including the recent remaster) though there are obvious technical reasons for that. Still, Case Files is an impressive port of the PC VR release from last year, and one of the best looking games available for PlayStation VR thanks to the lifelike performance capture tech that had our jaws dropping in 2011. Even though it’s standard practice in the gaming industry today, having one-to-one scans of real actors adds a layer of authenticity to Case Files that’s both impressive and uncanny.”
As experience with VR development has increased, and VR technology advanced, a ground up open world VR game could be much more ambitious. That said, it sounds like this VR project is only just getting off the ground, so it could be quite some time before we see the fruits of Video Games Deluxe’s labour.