Back in June 2017, rumours began to circulate that Rockstar’s detective story L.A. Noire would be heading to virtual reality (VR). Those rumours went quiet after E3 came and went with no announcement, but now it seems the rumours were true.
The initial rumours concerned a remaster of L.A. Noire, which has indeed turned out to be the case. The remastered version of the title will be coming to PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch and Xbox One. Alongside that release will be L.A. Noire: The VR Case Files, which will feature seven cases from the original L.A. Noire videogame recreated for VR and available for HTC Vive.
L.A. Noire was originally released in 2011 for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, later getting a PC port. The title used sophisticated facial capture technology to allow the characters to have more realistic facial movement, able to express emotions and give performances like real actors.
The story puts the player in 1940s Los Angeles in the role of detective Cole Phelps, who is investigating a crime wave in the city, slowly being drawn in to the dark underworld of post-war L.A.
“We’re excited to bring L.A. Noire’s unique mix of real detective work, classic Hollywood atmosphere and thrilling action to these new platforms,” said Sam Houser, Founder of Rockstar Games. “Now with a choice of spectacular virtual reality, stunning 4K, or the freedom of portable play, these enhanced versions are a perfect opportunity for players to experience this richly detailed world in a whole new way.”
L.A. Noire remastered and L.A. Noire: The VR Case Files is due for release on 14th November, 2017.
VRFocus will bring you further news on L.A. Noire as it becomes available.