Staff at L.A. Noire developer Team Bondi have been laid off after the company's in-development title Whore of the Orient was unable to find a publisher, according to a report on MCV Pacific. According to Superannuation Warner Bros. backed away from a potential publishing deal "right before last Christmas," the publisher never officially or publicly confirmed that it had anything to do with the project.
The game has been put on hold, but one former worker says that a publishing deal is expected to be signed this month. In a statement given to MCV Pacific, Team Bondi owner KMM's Doug Mitchell said that the studio was still looking to publish the game.
"Whore of the Orient is a unique and extraordinary story and game, and we are still actively pursuing the right investor to partner with."
The game was announced in late 2011, with KMM Interactive posting job listings at the time suggesting the game would be released for PC and next-generation consoles in 2015.
Team Bondi said Whore of the Orient was set in Shanghai in 1936, but details on the game beyond that are unknown.
After the release of L.A. Noire, Sydney-based production company KMM bought the assets and intellectual property rights to Team Bondi's work.