Released in 2011, L.A. Noire is a detective action game from Grand Theft Auto publisher Rockstar Games. Taking a look at the seedy underbelly of Los Angeles, the new IP was incredibly well-received by players and it’s why so many fans were delighted with rumors earlier this year suggesting that L.A. Noire would be re-released.
Today, Rockstar confirmed fans’ suspicions by officially announcing L.A. Noire for PS4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch, to release on November 14. The PS4 and Xbox One versions of the game will offer the game and all of its DLC along with “a range of technical enhancements for greater visual fidelity and authenticity, including enhanced lighting and clouds, new cinematic camera angles, high resolution textures and more.” Rockstar also promised a native 1080p resolution on the two consoles, while the PS4 Pro and Xbox One versions will run in 4K.
The Nintendo Switch version, meanwhile, also offers the full game and DLC but will make proper use of the Switch’s selling points. In addition to a Joy-Con mode with “gyroscopic, gesture-based controls, HD rumble and new wide and over-the-shoulder camera angles,” there will also be “contextual touch screen controls” as well.
Parent company Take-Two has pledged its support for the Nintendo Switch but this is the first Rockstar title to be confirmed for the console. Switch owners will have their fingers crossed that future Rockstar games, such as Red Dead Redemption 2, will make their way to the platform as well.
Additionally, Rockstar announced that L.A. Noire will be available for the HTC Vive VR headset. The company has “rebuilt” the seven main missions for virtual reality headsets and promises an “unprecedented interactive experience.” Recent rumors suggested that HTC is looking to sell off its VR business, but perhaps solid sales of L.A. Noire‘s VR content could make the company reconsider.
For fans of L.A. Noire, today’s news is certainly exciting and many will be chomping at the bit to don their detective cap once more. But many will also be wondering what this means for the future of the series – and if Rockstar hopes to make L.A. Noire a series at all. A member of the game’s development team previously said that L.A. Noire 2 would be unlikely, but the re-release of the game could suggest that Rockstar has changed its views and would be willing to consider another game after all.
L.A. Noire is out now on PC, PS3, and Xbox 360. It will also arrive on PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch on November 14, 2017.