Rockstar And Team Bondi Get A Divorce.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 5 July 2011 08:50 Written by LoganDX Tuesday, 5 July 2011 12:00
For the last few weeks, we’ve been hearing that the relationship between Rockstar Games and Team Bondi has been sliding into the abyss. Team Bondi has been on the hot seat for the revelations that working there is harsher than employment on the Death Star. The accusations stem from 110 hour work weeks, credit not being properly given, aggressive management, and one angry boss in the form of founder Brendan McNamara.
McNamara saw Rockstar as interfering and even felt they mistreated Team Bondi over a logo redesign for L.A. Noire. The founder email bombed the entire staff at the development studio his rage over it, instead of just sending it to the intended recipient, production designer Simon Wood. Of course, he also claimed that the working conditions at the developer were not unfair.
Rockstar had been rumored to want Team Bondi to become Rockstar Sydney, joining the likes of Rockstar Leeds, Rockstar North, Rockstar San Diego and others. The longer the two worked together, the more of a bad idea it seemed. Team Bondi’s managerial direction was also a subject of much frustration from Rockstar heads, creating even more strife.
Team Bondi’s reputation has been severely damaged due to the accusations, the temper of McNamara and how long L.A. Noire was in development. Sources claim that without Rockstar’s involvement, Bondi would have folded up years ago. If any of this is true, will there be a sequel to L.A. Noire?
- L.A. Noire’s Team Bondi under investigation for “harmful” working conditions (L.A. Noire) (gamesradar.com)
- L.A. Noire Devs Purposely Omitted from Credits (bnbgaming.com)