Shortly after L.A. Noire was released, the development team behind the game Team Bondi was accused of having unfair and poor working conditions. The studio was eventually shut down, however what was left of Team Bondi headed by Brendan McNamara was folded into the production studio Kennedy Miller Mitchell or KMM.
KMM turned the former Team Bondi into their new game development studio and McNamara went to work on his newest game Whore of the Orient. However, according to reports Warner Bros. who had signed on to be the publisher for Whore of the Orient apparently dropped the game. KMM has been searching for a new publisher for the game with no success and according to one report has decided to shut the development team down.
In other words, what is left of Team Bondi has essentially been shut down if the reports are accurate. However, KMM has recently released a statement that does not confirm or deny that what is left of Team Bondi has been shut down. What the statement does say is that KMM has not given up on Whore of the Orient as it is a unique game and are still actively looking for “the right investor to partner with“.
So it looks like the game may be going forward but whether that is with the original development team it is still unknown because KMM won’t say whether the team has been shut down. The good news is the Whore of the Orient game may be going forward regardless. We will keep you updated as the situation unfolds.
Source: Game Industry International