Development of Team Bondi’s Whore of the Orient has reportedly been put on hold and a number of staff at the Sydney-based studio have been let go.
Superannuation reports that Warner Bros. dropped out of plans to publish the open-world title “right before last Christmas,” resulting in the project running out of steam.
MCV Pacific claims that Team Bondi has not been shut down, though it remains unknown as to how many of its staff have lost their jobs.
The L.A. Noire developer was actively searching for a publisher in January, with one employee – who has since been laid off – expecting a deal to be cemented in April.
Team Bondi pulled the wraps off Whore of the Orient in late 2011 following the release of L.A. Noire in May of that year. Last summer, we were privy to the first details of the title, where it was confirmed the game would be released for PC and next-generation systems.
Whore of the Orient takes place in Shanghai during the year 1936, “the most corrupt and decadent city on the planet.”
"Shanghai. Plaything of Western powers who greedily exploit the Chinese masses," wrote Team Bondi. "Boiling pot of Chinese nationalism, with the Kuomintang ruthlessly trying to suppress Communism and the labour movement. Home to the International Police Force, a group of Western cops hopelessly trying to keep the lid on and keep the peace."
Stay tuned to PSU.com for more details as we get them.