Video game developer Rockstar is going to be re-releasing their old school detective game L.A. Noire on several different platforms this November. L.A. Noire was released in 2011 and marked one of the biggest departures for Rockstar, who is still most widely known for the Grand Theft Auto games. The game is based in 1947 America and follows a Los Angeles Police Detective as they collect clues, solve crimes, and apprehend criminals. This game was well-reviewed, but the biggest thing about it were the advances in technology that it ushered in.
It leverages a new technology called MotionScan, where actors who played the video game’s characters were recorded simultaneously with 32 different cameras from various angles. This process captured the range of emotions and facial expressions better than anything previously developed. This facial recognition was important to the game because an integral mechanic of solving cases is interrogating suspects and reading their faces for guilt or innocence.
The basic game along with all of the DLC will be available for Playstation 4, Xbox One, and the Nintendo Switch. A brand new L.A. Noire: The VR Case Files will also be available for the HTC Vive which marks the first time that Rockstar has stepped into the virtual reality business. This brand new virtual experience will feature seven self-contained cases from the original game now remastered specifically for VR gaming.
This is all great news for anyone who was a fan of L.A.Noire, but the most exciting part of this announcement is the fact that this is the first time Nintendo and Rockstar have worked together at all since 2009. Hopefully, this paves the way for more integration between these two amazing companies. Nintendo doesn’t always interact or reach out to other developers as other console companies do. I mean, they’re Nintendo.
This is another bit of speculation, but Rockstar has been asked many times in the past about the possibility of a sequel to L.A. Noire. They’ve been pretty cagey about confirming anything, but they’ve always said that it’s an important franchise to them. Creators stated that a sequel would actually be easier and quicker to make than the original because the facial scanning already exists and has improved since the first one was put out. Re-releasing the original across all the new platforms and consoles could be a nice way to drum up interest in the franchise again. This might be a way to do some fishing and see if there is still some interest out there for another noire detective story.