by Joseph Leray
Details were always light on "Whore of the Orient," a new game project by Sydney, Australia-based film studio KMM led by ex-"L.A. Noire" devs Team Bondi: one image, a snippet of exposition, a few job postings here and there. Last month, the internal team at KMM reportedly stopped development as some staff were laid off.
Enter Intuitive Game Studios, founded by "L.A. Noire" design lead Alex Carlyle and storyboard artist Kelly Baigent, rising like a phoenix from Team Bondi's ashes. According to the company's Facebook page, Intuitive Games "is an independent game developer with big ambitions" that with a focus on "quality and content to proudly produce exactly the kind of games we would want to play ourselves."
"I really do want to stay in Australia and try and overcome the drive which is leading everyone to Canada or the like," Carlyle told MCV Pacific. "I want to stay here and makes games and hopefully be able to sustain a small studio, provide employment and jobs here."
Carlyle followed that train of thought with a statement to Polygon as well, explaining that Australia is home to an expanding indie community. "In Australia we are competing against countries that have heavily invested in the games industry for many years," he said. "And those companies have been fortunate to benefit from this, growing sustainable communities for developers and creating those opportunities."
"Here in Australia one of the things we do well is creating work for ourselves, and there are some great examples of us thriving at this," he explained.
Mum's the word on the immediate plans for the the newly-minted Intuitive Games, but Team Bondi founder and "Whore of the Orient" director Brendan McNamara is notably absent from the new venture.