Rockstar’s success at keeping the release date for L.A. Noire under wraps has come to an end after a trailer for the game that appeared online – and subsequently disappeared – announced the date.
The trailer promotes a May 17 release date for the expansive crime simulator that will be launched on Playstation 3 and Xbox 360. This date is likely the U.S. date and a worldwide launch would occur the following week.
In L.A. Noire, you’ll play the role of detective Cole Phelps of the LAPD during the 1940s. It will be your job to solve crimes in the City of Angels and Hollywood using a combination of wit and force.
Team Bondi is handling the development efforts for L.A. Noire which reportedly utilizes a 200,000-word script. For reference, a typical movie screenplay is roughly one-tenth that size. This monstrous script should yield somewhere in the neighborhood of 20 hours worth of footage in the game.
To present the dialogue, Team Bondi has developed a new facial capture process with lip-syncing that is already garnering praised. You could potentially get a read on a character’s honesty by watching their faces.
Look for more L.A. Noire updates in the near future, along with hopefully the “now you see it, now you don’t” new trailer.