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Take-Two Views L.A. Noire As 'Powerful New Franchise'

Way too early to talk about the future of L.A. Noire, but it's looking bright.

I see more interrogations in your future.

Take-Two Interactive is a company that's been largely defined by Rockstar Games, especially the monstrous Grand Theft Auto franchise. Other Rockstar releases have been critically acclaimed but until last year's Red Dead Redemption, none of Rockstar Games' releases have achieved the same blockbuster sales.

It's unclear whether L.A. Noire will achieve the same status, but based on comments from Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick on the company's financial call today, there's reason to believe it's doing well.

Zelnick was asked several times to compare the launch of L.A. Noire to Red Dead Redemption, especially after Take-Two announced the open-world Western game had sold 8.5 million copies so far.

"We certainly don't want to be subject to [comparing] all of our new releases of new franchises against the extraordiany success of Red Dead Redemption," said Zelnick. "Every title stands alone. We have every reason to believe L.A. Noire is another strong franchise for this company."

He would not, however, elaborate on sales specifics.

"No matter how you slice it," he said, "Ii's a very successful release. To be able to say that again is extraordinary. This management team is just immensely grateful to Rockstar for delivering another superb title and 2K [Games] for all the franchises they've been delivering as of late. One can never take that for granted. The hit ration of this group is extraordinary."

Following the successful release of a new property, Take-Two tends to toss the word "franchise" around pretty quickly. It happened to BioShock and Red Dead Redemption after both were released.

"We do see this [L.A. Noire] as a powerful new franchise for our company," concluded Zelnick.

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Posted by patrickklepek
I see more interrogations in your future.

Take-Two Interactive is a company that's been largely defined by Rockstar Games, especially the monstrous Grand Theft Auto franchise. Other Rockstar releases have been critically acclaimed but until last year's Red Dead Redemption, none of Rockstar Games' releases have achieved the same blockbuster sales.

It's unclear whether L.A. Noire will achieve the same status, but based on comments from Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick on the company's financial call today, there's reason to believe it's doing well.

Zelnick was asked several times to compare the launch of L.A. Noire to Red Dead Redemption, especially after Take-Two announced the open-world Western game had sold 8.5 million copies so far.

"We certainly don't want to be subject to [comparing] all of our new releases of new franchises against the extraordiany success of Red Dead Redemption," said Zelnick. "Every title stands alone. We have every reason to believe L.A. Noire is another strong franchise for this company."

He would not, however, elaborate on sales specifics.

"No matter how you slice it," he said, "Ii's a very successful release. To be able to say that again is extraordinary. This management team is just immensely grateful to Rockstar for delivering another superb title and 2K [Games] for all the franchises they've been delivering as of late. One can never take that for granted. The hit ration of this group is extraordinary."

Following the successful release of a new property, Take-Two tends to toss the word "franchise" around pretty quickly. It happened to BioShock and Red Dead Redemption after both were released.

"We do see this [L.A. Noire] as a powerful new franchise for our company," concluded Zelnick.

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Edited by orshick

So wait, theyre going to keep doing more games in LA? That could be cool, I hope they re-use locations from this game to speed up the development, but i bet  people would complain about them doing that.

Posted by Soulrivers

Awesome!

Edited by Nicholas

Exciting stuff indeed. 
 
More Red Dead Redemption-ness? I'd love that. More L.A. Noire-ish-ness? I'd also love that

Posted by Yummylee

Great! This series definitely has the potential to be something fantastic, now that it's past its rough first hurdle.

Posted by Commisar123

shocking

Posted by Kyreo

I don't know that this should be a series.  It could be a cool system for an adventure game but if LA Noire 2 comes out, I will be disappointed.  

Posted by Nadafinga

Why doesn't Team Bondi get more credit here? they're not even mentioned, and they developed the whole thing....

Edited by ninjakittyboxrz

They should include more "tactics" in the next one. 
waterboarding, ripping finger nails, etc. 
 
EDIT::  MW: Noire. After capturing a P.O.I. you put the screws to them, figuratively and literally.

Posted by oraknabo

I think there's a lot of interesting potential ways they could expand the interrogations and free-roam parts of this game. There's a real possibility of a sequel that  improves this title as much as Assassin's Creed 2 did for its original.

Posted by swamplord666

I just want to see future rockstar games use team bondi tech.

Posted by Manhattan_Project

 Coming soon:
 
N.Y. Noire 
Chicago Noire

Posted by Yummylee
@Kyreo said:
I don't know that this should be a series.  It could be a cool system for an adventure game but if LA Noire 2 comes out, I will be disappointed.  
I wouldn't want an L.A Noire 2, but New York Noire; Miami, Chicago ect. Even possibly London Noire? Personally I'd love this series to branch out like this and develop at least one sequel (though with that said, when does one game only have one sequel...) 
 
I just know that I love the characters, the writing and the outstanding detail to everything that different cities with different characters would be awesome, and it'd give them the opportunity to better expand L.A Noire as an actual Detective game.
Posted by Daveyo520

I would indeed like another one.

Posted by Zabant

Red Dead was my duel GOTY for '10. 
 
While I seriously enjoyed L.A Noire, for all its tech and gameplay and probably one of the top 10 games I have played this year it is certainly no comparison for red dead. 
 
For me its like assassins creed. A series I love very very much and look forward to, but not GOTY material.

Posted by Jayross

A cop game in modern-day New York City would be awesome.

Posted by Aetheldod

Now that I played the game they need to vastly improve it to get my attention again , but its cool for all you folks that enjoyed the game

Posted by Gaff
@Nadafinga said:
Why doesn't Team Bondi get more credit here? they're not even mentioned, and they developed the whole thing....
Flipping through the credits section of my manual: Team Bondi... Rockstar North, Rockstar Leeds, Rockstar San Diego, Rockstar New England, Rockstar N.Y.C., Rockstar Lincoln. Errr, ok. 
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Posted by tallTuck94

the next one should be based around jack shelby , dudes a badass

Posted by ZeroCast

If they can improve upon their facial technology through a second iteration then I think that would be a step in the right direction for a new developer like Bondi. 
 
On a side-note, does anyone know how much did LA Noire sell at this point or is that yet to be known?

Edited by Fjordson

After the greatness that is L.A. Noire I have a lot of faith in Bondi. Really excited to see another game from them.  
 
And sounds like Rockstar has helped foster yet another hit. They're seriously batting a thousand this gen.

Posted by SHADOWINFINITE

L.A. Noire is a great film

Posted by dvorak

I would love another one in the 60's or 70's. That would be fantastic.

Posted by SteamPunkJin

I keep seeing and hearing people say that 'LA Noire was good, but they should do this modern cops'. No, they shouldn't. If that were the case you'd either have to play as six different characters or be confined to a single avenue (either CSI or Interrogations) because modern police work does not allow you to inspect the evidence, interview the victims and chase the suspect. I just get the feeling it'd be like the 'Detective' bits from Batman, open up visual filter, let it find the item, approach the item. The Noir Genre is rich enough and broad enough that they can make several games in the same vein without being direct sequels. You know, like the Grand Theft Auto games, and hopefully how they'll handle future Red Dead installments.

Posted by CitizenKane

I will be overly happy with a Chicago Noire. Make it happen.

Posted by dvorak
@SteamPunkJin: Well, they could frame it like The Wire or something, where you play lead detectives who handle the case the whole way along. Or perhaps you work in a number of special task forces. 
 
Even then, the multiple character concept is kind of cool too.
Posted by Clubvodka

I hope they don't tack Noire on to another city cause it loses the great wordplay of L.A (la) Noire (the feminine form of the colour)

Posted by Nadafinga
@Gaff said:
@Nadafinga said:
Why doesn't Team Bondi get more credit here? they're not even mentioned, and they developed the whole thing....
Flipping through the credits section of my manual: Team Bondi... Rockstar North, Rockstar Leeds, Rockstar San Diego, Rockstar New England, Rockstar N.Y.C., Rockstar Lincoln. Errr, ok. 
I should have chosen my words more carefully. Bondi developed the facial capture/animation stuff, which is really the crown jewel of the game.
Posted by ZmillA

finished the game today, loved it. A sequel sounds great to me!

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Posted by JerseyDriver

Chicago and NY and Miami Noire. Then release LA Noire 2, the same game with better graphics.

Posted by HatKing
@JerseyDriver said:
Chicago and NY and Miami Noire. Then release LA Noire 2, the same game with better graphics.
Hah... CSI syndrome? 
Posted by AhmadMetallic

I'm still waiting for my copy to arrive...... 

Posted by Napalm

Give me future noir, please. Give me Blade Runner in this style, and I will fucking lose my shit.

Posted by Gaff
@Nadafinga said:
@Gaff said:
@Nadafinga said:
Why doesn't Team Bondi get more credit here? they're not even mentioned, and they developed the whole thing....
Flipping through the credits section of my manual: Team Bondi... Rockstar North, Rockstar Leeds, Rockstar San Diego, Rockstar New England, Rockstar N.Y.C., Rockstar Lincoln. Errr, ok. 
I should have chosen my words more carefully. Bondi developed the facial capture/animation stuff, which is really the crown jewel of the game.
I wouldn't be surprised if there was a contractual clause in there somewhere. It did take 7 years to develop and went from SCEA to Take-Two. It wouldn't take a whole lot to imagine another 3D Realms / Gearbox situation here: "We'll help you finish this long overdue game, bring it on the market and distribute it, but that means the game, for all intent and purposes, is ours". 
 
I'm all for small, creative skunkworks (Team Bondi, DoubleFine, etc), but if they could finish things a little bit faster we wouldn't be in this mess.
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Posted by Cincaid
@Ahmad_Metallic said:
I'm still waiting for my copy to arrive...... 
Got mine today! Need to finish Deadly Premonition first though.
Posted by tourgen

I'd be cool with a classic private eye story in the same Noire style & setting with similar gameplay.

Posted by Chaser324

I definitely wouldn't mind a direct sequel to LA Noire, but as others have said, I would love to see this same gameplay in a slightly different setting. 
 
Of course, the dream would be a Phoenix Wright crossover, but that just ain't gonna happen.

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Posted by bkbroiler

I'd just love to see a deeper interrogation system and more gameplay variety. If they get that down, I'm all set for more Noire lovin'!

Posted by megalowho

It could be the beginning of a great franchise for sure, L.A. Noire lays down a solid base of ideas to build from. Kind of like Assassin's Creed in a lot of ways, even if I think L.A. Noire is a much better game on it's own.
 
Not sure what kind of story they want to tell next and if they're married to the noir concept or not, but a different setting for round 2 would get my vote. It might be a bit too similar to previous GTA's but I'd love to play detective in New York City during the late 70's, early 80's. Or go in the other direction and make a Sherlock Holmes style adventure set in turn of the century London. Whatever the successor to this game ends up being, I'm all over it.

Edited by Gerhabio

It doesn't have to be a direct sequel if they decide to make more games under the same franchise: NY Noire, Chicago Noire, huh? Huh? Think about it!

Posted by Cybexx

It would be cool to see L.A. Noire's game-play in another time period, like present day or L.A. Noire 2052, possibly because I want to see Rockstar take their detail-oriented but massive scope and apply it to a futuristic setting.

Posted by StealthRaptor

Did Bondi actually do anything for this game?

Posted by Picard

I enjoyed LA Noire a lot. I'm happy to see we may get more in the future.

Posted by Olymp1c
@Clubvodka: that's not wordplay. L.A. is a city, cities are feminine. Unlike film, which is masculine.
Posted by Brendan

Not surprising, given that so much was invested in the assets.

Posted by Viisven

Pretty sure I've hit the point where I will buy whatever Rockstar put out. Fanboy status achieved.

Posted by Skytylz

It's a cool idea, I think they could implement similar gameplay in different settings and similar roles, but making it a series meh.  It kinda kills a special thing for me if we have LA Noire 2 in a couple years.

Posted by Redbullet685

Awesome.

Posted by Vinny_Says

Nothing extraordinary about the success of Red Dead Redemption, it deserves everything it got and so do the folks working at their San Diego studio. 
Rockstar have been nearly flawless this generation, and personally if they want to give some of their new IPs a second go I welcome it. I would really like to play as a cop in NY, modern day or not.

Posted by Greenlight13

The sheer amount of time and resources required to make this truly special game make me doubt there will be a sequel any time soon. I'd love to see the same mechanics and tech in a different setting like others have said.

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