LA Noire VR Devs Say They're Working on a New VR Title for Rockstar

LA Noire VR Devs Say They're Working on a New VR Title for Rockstar

Could Rockstar be throwing its weight behind a triple-A open-world VR title?

In 2017, LA Noire made the leap to virtual reality with a small amount of fanfare. It amounted to Rockstar dipping a toe in the relatively small pool that is the VR market, taking chunks of Team Bondi's 2011 original (a mixed success following a reportedly troubled development cycle) and putting them in a VR context. Now, the external team behind that project says it's making a new VR title for Rockstar.

The developer in question, Video Games Deluxe, posted about the project on LinkedIn. Based in Sydney, Australia, the small team at Video Games Deluxe includes Brendan McNamara, formerly the founder of Team Bondi and game director on LA Noire.

A user on Reddit spotted the post shared by Video Games Deluxe:

Having finished the critically well received L.A.Noire: The V.R. Case Files we are now gearing up for a new project, a AAA open world title in VR for Rockstar. 2020 marks our 7th year of working exclusively for Rockstar in Sydney and we are excited to taking on [sic] this ground breaking project. We have a number of job openings in our Sydney studio including Senior Programmers, Engine Programmer, Designer and Animator. If you are interested in one of these positions or would like two speak [sic] to someone who works here about VGD please get in touch.

USgamer has reached out to a Rockstar representative for comment.

Currently, there are three listed openings on LinkedIn for Video Games Deluxe: one for a Game Designer, one for a Senior Animator, and one for a Senior Gameplay Programmer. All three also reference a triple-A open-world VR project and list experience with the Unreal Engine as a desirable or preferred skill. McNamara, whose title is listed as Game Director at Video Games Deluxe, is identified as the job poster for each opening.

While newer, more affordable devices like the Oculus Quest and marquee titles like Iron Man VR and Half-Life: Alyx have made waves in the VR market recently, it's still something of a niche space. An original Rockstar-backed project could generate the kind of attention and excitement to drive more adoption, but with Microsoft and Sony adopting different stances on VR support as we head into a new console generation, it may be too early for VR enthusiasts and Rockstar fans alike to get their hopes up for an experience to rival that of Grand Theft Auto or Red Dead Redemption.

Thanks, Nibel.

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Mathew Olson


Mathew Olson is a writer formerly of Digg, where he blogged and reported about all things under the umbrella of internet culture (including games, of course). He lives in New York, grew up under rain clouds and the influence of numerous games studios in the Pacific Northwest, and will talk your ear off about Half-Life mods, Talking Heads or Twin Peaks if you let him.

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