Aussie-developed game “L.A. Noire” to be delayed until next year

One of Australia’s more high profile games misses a release target again, with 2011 being mentioned for a title that started development more than five years ago.

Much like games from the current Grand Theft Auto series, “L.A. Noire” is an open sandbox game that will let players experience a movie-like story, this one taking place in a 1940s Los Angeles complete with shootings, drugs, and jazz.
Team Bondi (which curiously resides in Ultimo, some 8 kilometres west of where Bondi actually is) has been working on the game since 2005. Originally rumoured to be a PlayStation 3 exclusive that would hit the console close to its 2007 release, the date has slipped and slipped and slipped.
Since then, we’ve heard dates of 2009, scattered dates around 2010, and now it’s no longer a PS3 exclusive, with Rockstar Games likely to publish the title for both the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 consoles.
Now, Take-Two Interactive – the company that owns Rockstar and 2K Games – has said the L.A. Noire can be expected “during the first half of calendar 2011”.
Here’s hoping.