gamesindustry.biz is pretty confident that this game will be coming to the Xbox 360:
The spokesperson suggested that both Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 releases are likely, stating, “LA Noire is being developed for next-generation systems.”
Other sites, such as www.lanoire.net, are picking up on this:
So once again it now looks like it may well be coming out for the 360 after all.
On Wikipedia you can see an ongoing edit struggle regarding the 360 version, NeoGAF and other gaming forums have very animated debates about this.
I don’t think this issue is up for debate, this game will simply not come to the 360 or any non-Sony system ever: not a simultaneous launch, not a timed exclusive, never. Why? Read this quote from a Eurogamer interview with Team Bondi studio lead, Brendan McNamara:
Kristan Reed: How are you funding the project? Has SCEA given you an advance or is this self-funded and totally independent?
Brendan McNamara: The project is wholly funded by Sony Computer Entertainment America. We have a long-term exclusive arrangement with SCEA.
The two pieces that tipped me off are the “wholly funded by Sony” part and the “long-term exclusive agreement” part. There’s not exactly a lot of wiggle room for interpretation here. That is a pretty blunt and conclusive statement directly from the horse’s mouth.
Now, this exclusivity quote is widely posted on the Internet in many discussion boards and even on the Wikipedia page. Why are people so stubbornly persistent in believing that a 360 version will exist despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary?
UPDATE Thanks Jonathan Abbey: “L.A. Noire was previously to be published by Sony, but Sony dropped that deal, so it would seem very possible that it will go multiplatform.” OK, so PS3 exclusivity isn’t guaranteed. The exclusivity terms may or may not have been renegotiated and we simply don’t know.
Written by: Darrin
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