Rockstar Games recently announced it’s 2011 investigation game, L.A. Noire will be released to PS4 and other next-gen platforms in November after receiving a hefty technical upgrade to impress players.
Use Your Instincts
Set against the seedy and violent backdrop of 1940s Los Angeles, the L.A. Noire remaster will allow new players and fans of the original to follow the story of WW2 veteran and rookie detective Cole Phelps. Investigating crimes inspired from real-world history that gradually escalate and take the player into the criminal heart of L.A.
L.A. Noire has the usual elements you’d expect in a game focused on investigating crimes. Shooting bad guys and driving through the City of Angels. But the real draw of L.A. Noire is analysing the detailed facial animations, allowing players to read when interviewees were hiding something or being honest. Being able to react to facial animations lets players use their suspicions to press for more information, something not factored into most games
A Surprising Return to Cole Phelps
L.A. Noire was a critical and commercial success, heading to the top of the UK games chart and becoming the fastest selling new IP in the country as well as being the best selling game of 2011 in the USA. But bad press and a strained working relationship between developer Team Bondi and publisher Rockstar Games led to Team Bondi declaring bankruptcy later that year.
Dissolution of a developer usually means players won’t see anything else on a title, but Rockstar Games has breathed new life into L.A. Noire with this remaster. The remaster might be a sign of sequels to the massively popular game being released in the not so far future.
Possible Sequel in the Works?
In 2013 on an Asked and Answered post on their website Rockstar made it clear they were in no rush to release a sequel, commenting: “don’t count out the possibility of a new game in the L.A. Noire franchise in the future. We simply have not decided anything.” Six years before announcing a remaster is a fairly long time to wait and might whet gamers appetites for even more in-depth story telling and suspect interrogation.
Rockstar further stated :”We don’t always rush to make sequels, but that does not mean we won’t get to them eventually.” Part of Rockstar’s charm has always been that when they do deliver sequels on their games, they’re worth the wait. So even if it means another six years of waiting for another instalment of L.A. Noire it’ll probably be worth the wait.
Greater Tech Specs Promised
There’s no word yet on who the developers are for the remaster of L.A. Noire but with the additions of new cinematic camera angles, technical enhancements for lighting, clouds and textures, the new developers are likely to be an impressive studio.
L.A Noire promises to deliver greater visual fidelity and authenticity, potentially having a great impact on how well players can read witnesses and suspects this time around.
L.A. Noire for Playstation 4 has the complete original game along with all of the DLC available for the 2011 release. The remaster plays in native 1080p for the PS4 and in 4K for Playstation 4 Pro. It will be available to us from November 14th