Team Bondi Rumored to Be Selling Assets, IPs
The source says Team Bondi is selling its remaining stuff to a Sidney, Australia media company called Kennedy Miller Mitchell (KMM), which may or may not be acquiring the developer. The insider source, who reportedly works locally with both KMM and Team Bondi, has said that all of the L.A. Noire developer’s staff have been offered positions at KMM. Kotaku reported that Team Bondi head Brenden McNamara recently toured KMM with his staff, which Develop’s source corroborates. Develop also says that McNamara had a meeting with his staff offering them positions at KMM or severance packages.
Speculation has been pretty rampant that Team Bondi is bankrupt or otherwise in dire straits and potentially getting bought, and if Develop’s source is on the up-and-up, it seems that the buyout is the case. Australian law means details of any sale won’t necessarily go public for as long as 28 days, however.
Team Bondi’s troubles sprouted from accusations of rough, slave-like treatment of developers at the studio by its bosses, specifically McNamara. Those accusations have driven Rockstar Games, which published L.A. Noire and owns the IP, to cut ties with the studio.
Rockstar is still working to bring L.A. Noire to PCs this fall (yay!). More on the Team Bondi situation as we learn more.