Rockstar will not publish Team Bondi’s next project due to various disputes that transpired during the production of L.A. Noire.
The allegations were made by two former Team Bondi employees and issued to GI.biz under condition of anonymity, and follow hot on the heels of earlier claims that members of the studio were forced to work under “sweatshop conditions.”
"It's pretty well reported now that the working conditions were bad," said one of the employees. "What hasn't been discussed yet (from what I've seen) is the relationship between Team Bondi and Rockstar.
The source further described the relationship between Rockstar and Team Bondi as ‘badly damaged,’ and insisted the Grand Theft Auto publishing giant was largely responsible for salvaging L.A. Noire during its arduous development cycle.
"I've heard a lot about Rockstar's disdain for Team Bondi, and it has been made quite clear that they will not publish Team Bondi's next game. Team Bondi are trying to find another publisher for their next title, but the relationship with Rockstar has been badly damaged - Brendan treats LA Noire like a success due to his vision but I think Rockstar are the ones who saved the project. They continued to sink money into LA Noire, and their marketing was fantastic. Without their continued support, Team Bondi would have gone under several years ago."
"Rockstar also made a huge contribution to the development; their producers were increasingly influential over the last two years of the game's development, and overruled many of the insane decisions made by Team Bondi management. At a lower level, Rockstar also pitched in with programmers, animators, artists, QA, etc. Part of the conflict between Team Bondi and Rockstar was due to Rockstar's frustration with Team Bondi's direction, and eventually Team Bondi's management in turn resented Rockstar for taking lots of creative control."
Elsewhere, the source claims that problems between both companies were further exacerbated when Rockstar changed its plans for Team Bondi – at one point, it was apparently flirting with the idea of snapping up the Aussie studio.
"It's also worth pointing out that Rockstar used to be very keen on making Team Bondi something like 'Rockstar Sydney' - the more they worked with Team Bondi management, the more they came to understand that this was a terrible idea."
Check out the full five-page report here, which among other things describes Team Bondi head Brendan McNamara as “the angriest person I’ve ever met.”