A group of former Team Bondi developers have created a website which aims to recognise all those who contributed to the seven years of development for L.A Noire. Over one hundred Team Bondi names are missing from the endgame and manual credits for the smash hit detective thriller game, while others have been merely given "Special Thanks', a lower level of recognition than what they should have received for their work. The ex-employees describe how important receiving proper accreditation means for the creative talent behind the game, particularly those who had spent many years at Team Bondi or who count L.A Noire as their first entry in the games industry.
From the lanoirecredits.com website...
These people devoted their talent, creativity and passion towards the project and, as is common in the games industry, have not been credited because they were not there during the final month or two of production, or other subjective criteria. A significant portion of these people did not leave Team Bondi by choice: they were made redundant as art production wound down, and as Quality Assurance work was shifted off-shore to Rockstar's studios.
The group say that the missing names fit the credit standards as outlined by the International Games Developers Association (IGDA). These state that:
- "Any person, contractor or employee, who has contributed to the production of the game for at least 30 days of a 12-month or greater project must be credited"
- "credit must include a name and role, not just a name."
- "credit is retained by any person who leaves the company or project prior to the project's completion, provided they pass Rule 1."
The issue of fair creditting is a sore point for developers in the industry where there is no standard for proper accreditation.
In the past, Rockstar Games (the same publisher for L.A Noire), did not give credit to 55+ Rockstar Vienna developers for their work on Manhunt 2, despite the studio's two and a half years of development before closure. Ex-Rockstar development lead, Jurie Horneman, sought to make his own Manhunt 2 credits list containing the 55 missing names at his blog whilst posting this comment directed at Rockstar for the glaring omission...
I am disappointed and outraged that Rockstar Games tries to pretend that Rockstar Vienna and the work we did on Manhunt 2 never happened – the work of over 50 people, who put years of their lives into the project, trying to make the best game they could. I am proud to have been a part of that team.
You can find the complete credits for L.A Noire at LANOIRECREDITS.COM