In a surprise revelation hitting NeoGAF, it would appear as though Team Bondi, the studio responsible for this year’s mega-hit crime drama L. A. Noire, is bankrupt. Its remaining team members, including founder Brian McNamara, are to be bought out by George Miller’s KMM studio.
This news comes on the heels of revelations regarding turmoil within the Australian development team. In June, we reported on allegations of employee abuse that were plaguing the team. As time went on, more and more testimonials began to emerge from employees about their negative experience in the development of the game. The entire scandal has damaged public perception of Team Bondi, as well as soured the relationship between them and publisher Rockstar games.
The NeoGAF posting also claims that Depth Analysis, who owns the technology that provided L. A. Noire’s incredible facial animation, is also in trouble, as both they and Team Bondi have made little to no money off of L. A. Noire’s success.
We’ll have more on this story as it develops.