Whore of the Orient on hold, Developers laid off

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Player Attack and MCV Pacific have cited unnamed sources for the news that Whore of the Orient and its development team at KMM Games is finished.

Whore of the Orient, the next big title from former Team Bondi founder and L.A Noire creator, Brendan McNamara, was being developed at KMM Games in Sydney but has been put on hold by its parent company, Kennedy Miller Mitchell. In late 2011, KMM had acquired Team Bondi and it's assets, and also gave Team Bondi's remaining staff the option to work for KMM Games.

The Team Bondi website briefly teased some information on Whore of the Orient, giving the impression that McNamara's latest project was as equally as ambitious as his prior titles, L.A Noire and The Getaway...

Shanghai, 1936. Whore of the Orient. Paris of the East. The most corrupt and decadent city on the planet, where anything can be had or done for the right price. Plaything of Western powers who greedily exploit the Chinese masses. Boiling pot of Chinese nationalism, with the Kuomintang ruthlessly trying to suppress Communism and the labour movement. Home to the International Police Force, a group of Western cops hopelessly trying to keep the lid on and keep the peace.

From the development team who brought you L.A. Noire and The Getaway, along with the Academy Award winning film production team of Kennedy Miller Mitchell comes a completely new and original IP being developed for next generation games consoles and PC.

Sources have told Player Attack that publisher Warner Bros pulled the plug on the project and KMM have not been successful in finding a new backer. The developers working on the game are believed to have been let go.

Read more from Player Attack and MCV Pacific.

Update: MCV Pacific has an update with comments received from Doug Mitchell (from Kennedy Miller Mitchell) that they have not given up on Whore of the Orient just yet.