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Whore of the Orient coming from L.A. Noire developer for PC, next-gen consoles

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From L.A. to Shanghai

Whore of the Orient
Whore of the Orient

Whore of the Orient, the next game from the remnants of L.A. Noire developer Team Bondi, is in development for PCs and next-generation consoles and is being published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment.

Noticed by Official PlayStation Magazine UK, the existing Team Bondi website was recently updated with the image above and a brief description of the studio's new project. The game's title was originally revealed last November.

Whore of the Orient is set in 1936 in Shanghai, the "Paris of the East," according to the site's update. It takes place in a China that had begun modernizing due to Western influence, until the Kuomintang political party started to roll back imperialist changes and viciously suppress Communism under Chiang Kai-shek. A group of Western cops, the International Police Force, is "hopelessly trying to keep the lid on and keep the peace." There's no indication yet of what kind of game Whore of the Orient will be, but it appears to have a similarly gritty style as the developers' previous effort.

L.A. Noire launched in May 2011 with critical acclaim and impressive sales of more than 5 million units. But its tumultuous seven-year development history eventually led the studio to close in August, with its existing assets — not including the L.A. Noire IP, which Rockstar owns — sold off to Australian production firm Kennedy Miller Mitchell (KMM), which is on board for Whore of the Orient.