LA Noire, a crime thriller to be published by Rockstar, was first revealed in 2005. It's now 2010, and despite an early glimmer of hope, it's still not out.
So when will it be out? Try late 2011, at the earliest. Evan Wilson, an analyst with Pacific Crest Securities, has said that following chats with retailers he can reveal that the game won't be hitting a retail shelf any time soon.
"We have confirmed the delay of L.A. Noire from fiscal Q4 (Oct.) well into [fiscal]2011 [November 1, 2010 to October 31, 2011] ," he says. "As far as we can tell, Take-Two has not shown the game to retailers."
Should the game make that timeframe - and considering the title under discussion, there are no guarantees of that - LA Noire, in development at Sydney-based Team Bondi, will have been in development for six years by the time it was released.
Six years of development for a current-gen project... I shudder to think how much money has gone down the drain trying to get this game out the door.
Take-Two's next financial results are due this coming Thursday; hopefully we'll hear something about the game's fate then.
L.A. Noire delayed again - Analyst [GameSpot]