Wow, the CEO was an idiot. So much wasted talent in the staff wasn't used.
I R Scary Eyeball
16th October 2006
Well, considering they founded the team in 2003, and the only thing they've released was LA Noire in 2011, which to my mind turned out to be a massive let down, I say good riddance.
17th June 2002
SuperSmeg;5568745Team Bondi Shut Down | Inside Gaming Daily Blog Rock Star are mean. :(
What on Earth does it have to do with Rockstar? Team Bondi were an independent game development studio; Rockstar just published, and during the later stages of development provided increasing amounts of funding for, L.A. Noire. In fact, if it weren't for Rockstar's continued support of the team after repeated delays I imagine the studio would have gone under a long time before Noire was ever released. The game which, incidentally, is the only game the studio has ever put out since its formation nearly eight years ago. And its development process was thwart with controversy and mismanagement. Staff were not credited, working conditions were poor, and the management made some 'insane' design decisions which forced Rockstar to take some degree of creative control to get the project back on track and prevent it from being a complete disaster. Rockstar originally had hoped to work with Team Bondi again in the future, but by the end of the development process of L.A. Noire, Rockstar wanted nothing more to do with them. See these comments for more. Its demise isn't unexpected. This was one of those studios with great staff, but an utterly stupid manager, branded by employees as a talentless bully. I only hope that those employees find success elsewhere, but I don't think anybody will be lamenting the loss of Team Bondi any time soon.
Voice of joy and sunshine
26th May 2003
How is refusing to publish someone's next stinker - that coincidentally you had to spray perfume all over - mean?
Really this sounds like your typical case of a guy who couldn't organise a gang bang in a brothel being given control of a great deal of money and talent and squandering it all. It happens fairly often with varying severity of consequences.
Contrary to the image popularised by government, sinking money into something isn't the be all and end all of success. Decent managers are as rare as gold dust in some suitably gold dust deprived place.
The One and Only;5568973Well, considering they founded the team in 2003, and the only thing they've released was LA Noire in 2011, which to my mind turned out to be a massive let down, I say good riddance.
Indeed. I played through the game, enjoyed some of it but the story was a major let-down. Not to mention I couldn't even bring myself to go back to the game even with all the DLC.
Schofield;5569061Indeed. I played through the game, enjoyed some of it but the story was a major let-down. Not to mention I couldn't even bring myself to go back to the game even with all the DLC.
Amen. I thoroughly enjoyed the game, but would be perfectly happy never playing it again.
To succeed in the games industry, one must: -Make high quality games that sell well -Make games relatively fast (four years max) -Not spend an enormous sum on development
Bondi failed on at least 2 of those 3. Considering all the news about the shit conditions for their workers, good riddance.
I didn't make it!
As has been said, not unexpected at all. I like LA Noire, but it wasn't THAT good.