When Team Bondi shut down last year, despite their very big title L.A. Noire, many thought this to be the end of a discussion regarding a second installment in the series. The story seemed poised enough to close off any future titles in the could-be series, and Bondi’s closure seemed like the end of discussion. Now, however, it seems a sequel still remains hopeful, as Rockstar themselves say that fans shouldn’t lose all hope just yet.
In a Q&A on their official site, Rockstar says ”Don’t count out the possibility of a new game in the L.A. Noire franchise in the future. We simply have not decided anything. We’re all very pleased with how that game turned out and are considering what the future may hold for L.A. Noire as a series. We don’t always rush to make sequels, but that does not mean we won’t get to them eventually – see Max and Red Dead for evidence of that – we have so many games we want to make and the issue is always one of bandwidth and timing.”
Even if a L.A. Noire sequel will happen, it will obviously be some time until we will get to see one. With the face capture technology used in the first, a great deal of development went into the animation of the first game. So, the game will understandably use the same technology if it eventually surfaces, and will take a decent amount of time before it eventually comes to fruition.
The post continued by confirming no more DLC for the first title will become available, due to production on Grand Theft Auto Vand the fine tuning of Max Payne 3.
Honestly, given the way the story ends, a sequel to L.A. Noirecould very much see a time jump. I think it’d be very interesting to see the game jump twenty years, and put us behind a female central figure: one of the daughters of Cole Phelps, trying to be that rare woman in the police force. Women as police officers definitely began to surge around 1969-1970, as they made up 2% of all officers in America at the time, which would be roughtly 20 years after the first game. It would be unique to be in a role of discrimination, not to mention how much the central figure may or may not know about her father’s golden boy past.
So, what do you think? Will an L.A. Noire sequel become reality anytime soon? What do you envision for a future sequel?