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Team Bondi, the Australian developer who brought us the cinematically accomplished L.A Noire last year has confirmed that their new IP, ‘Whore of the Orient‘ will arrive on next-generation and PC platforms.

Very little is known of the game other than its Shanghai 1936 setting, but it wouldn’t be at all unreasonable to assume that the game will be an open-world title with lots of very pretty, animated faces.  The game appears to have found a publisher in Warner Brothers too.

The game was actually revealed last November, but this is the first time we’ve had platforms confirmed and also the first time we’ve seen anything of it in regards to artwork, storyline or even a website.

The blurb, which can be found on the resurgent developer’s website, describes the setting and development pedigree in a little more detail:

Shanghai, 1936. Whore of the Orient. Paris of the East. The most corrupt and decadent city on the planet, where anything can be had or done for the right price. Plaything of Western powers who greedily exploit the Chinese masses. 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.

From the development team who brought you L.A. Noire and The Getaway, along with the Academy Award winning film production team of Kennedy Miller Mitchell comes a completely new and original IP being developed for next generation games consoles and PC.

The Getaway, famous for its photo-realistic look, strong narrative and uncompromising gameplay style, sold over 4 million units on the PlayStation 2. The release of L.A. Noire set the quality bar even higher selling over 5 million units. L.A. Noire was critically heralded as a breakthrough for interactive storytelling and was the first game ever to be invited to be shown at New York’s world renowned Tribeca Film Festival. L.A. Noire has gone on to become the UK’s fastest selling original IP – a title previously held by The Getaway – and a worldwide number one hit. Using award winning animation technology to capture every actor’s facial performance in astonishing detail, L.A. Noire combined breathtaking action with true detective work to deliver an unprecedented interactive experience.

I love the idea of developers making open-world, sandbox titles that find their roots in relatively untrodden historical and geographical territories.  Nobody has done a pre-war Shanghai open-world game before and that fresh setting, combined with a pretty much untold story in the genre certainly has me chomping at the bit to see  more.

Lets just hope we don’t have to five years to see more of it.  Oh and when it finally does get a release, don’t expect it to have its current moniker intact either for obvious reasons.

Whore of the Orient is due for next-generation and PC platforms.  No release date has been mentioned as of yet.

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