LA Noire, Obvious Non-truth Make Cover of Playstation: The Official Magazine

Team Bondi is developing LA Noire. Team Bondi is not Rockstar Games. Rockstar Games is publishing LA Noire.

Got that cleared up? Aight, moving on.

LA Noire is all over the cover of Playstation: The Official Magazine this month. They’ve got a WORLD EXCLUSIVE! feature, says the cover. LA Noire is “from the makers of GTA and Red Dead Redempion,” it says.

Wait, what? Who developed LA Noire? Was it Rockstar North, makers of GTA? Rockstar San Diego, makers of Red Dead? No, it was, as we’ve already established, Team Bondi. What LA Noire and GTA and Red Dead all have in common is a publisher, Rockstar Games. A publisher does not “make” games.

Hollywood has a way of doing this kind of thing that doesn’t involve them; they say “from the studio that brought you…” They don’t say Transformers: Dark of the Moon is “from the director of Jurassic Park” because that’s openly misleading and they’d get hammered for saying that.

The games industry, generally, also avoids doing this, or else we’d get a lot of s–t like that. Imagine these ads: “Fable: from the makers of Halo!” “Dead Space: from the makers of System Shock 2!” “Uncharted: from the makers of God of War!” “Shift 2 Unleashed: from the makers of Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit!”

This, of course, is not a legal issue given that the cover of a magazine is editorial space. Still, some PR asshole is responsible for that line being there, and so this is very annoying. And in that context, the Playstation blog headline announcing this cover is pretty amusing: “L.A. Noire Muscles Its Way Onto the Cover of PlayStation: The Official Magazine”

Here’s the full cover:

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