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Whore of the Orient team receives $200K from Australian government agency

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L.A. Noire developer Team Bondi and Australian production company Kennedy Miller Mitchell have received $200,000 in funding towards development of their open-world crime drama Whore of the Orient, investor Screen NSW announced today.

Screen NSW is a branch of the Australian government in the state of New South Wales that focuses on the region's creative and economic development. Through the organization's Interactive Media Fund, KMM — the collective name for the team developing Whore of the Orient — has been given funds to "help develop" the title, a game set in 1930s Shanghai and slated to launch on next-generation consoles.

A press statement notes that Whore of the Orient collaborator Kennedy Miller Mitchell has worked on several major films in the area, including the Mad Max films and animated movies Happy Feet and Happy Feet 2.

Another recipient in Screen NSW's recent round of funding is Intuitive Games Studios, which received $30,451 for development of its detective title Canonical Five. The studio was founded by former L.A. Noire developers and was publicly unveiled last month.

Whore of the Orient was unveiled last August and will be published by Warner Bros. Interactive.