Boss Of Ill-Fated LA Noire Studio Says His Next Game Is About A ‘Great Untold Story’

Boss Of Ill-Fated LA Noire Studio Says His Next Game Is About A ‘Great Untold Story’

You might think that getting slagged as an intemperate martinet who alienated and exploited an overworked staff at a studio that completed just one video game before going bankrupt would be, well, limiting to one’s future career options. Not Brendan McNamara of the former Team Bondi.

McNamara tells Eurogamer he is at present writing up proposals and pitching what he considers to be “one of the great untold stories of the 20th century”, for a big-budget video game. He is confident enough that someone will bite on it, telling Eurogamer he hopes to have something announced in a few weeks.

“There are a few people interested, yeah,” he said. “I’ve still got to do the paperwork.” He said the lessons learned in building The Getaway for Sony and LA Noire have a practical application he still wants to build on.

“We think the evolution from The Getaway to LA Noire and learning the lessons we did on the way, and some of the stuff about emerging storytelling, is definitely an avenue to pursue.”

McNamara, to put it bluntly, was not well liked. Rumour that he might come aboard George Miller’s KMM studio provoked outrage among the many Team Bondi employees who had gone there after the studio’s dissolution. Many alleged he was responsible for abusive work practices and a nasty management style that saw continual turnover at Team Bondi, which took seven years to make LA Noire.

That said, back in August a source mentioned to Kotaku that Miller himself was very impressed by McNamara’s commitment to his artistic vision in the face of deadlines. So he does have admirers, they just don’t work for him.

Brendan McNamara is making the video game of “one of the great untold stories of the 20th Century” [Eurogamer]


  • The great untold story

    A heroic executive in charge of a small development studio with a major contract battles the insidious forces of rebellion within his own ranks when the talentless drones who should feel lucky to have a job at all rise up en masse over irrelevant matters such as pay, sleep & objection to summary executions.

    A stirring tale of determination, commitment against all the odds and bankruptcy. Lies! Wage Slavery! Face Scanning!

    Coming soon to a console near you!

    • Actually, he probably will. The games industry unfortumately seems to be based upon this kind of thing – hard management, high attrition and a seemingly endless supply of new talent seeking to break into the field. If he can impress people high up enough – people who deal with money, not people – then he would likely be able to build up a studio again.
      He’d be a perfect fit at Activision 😉

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