Report: LA Noire Getting A PSVR Remaster

by Jamie Feltham • June 21st, 2017

Rockstar Games is known for pretty consistently releasing some of the best games on the planet such as Grand Theft Auto V and Red Dead Redemption. But one of its most divisive games of the last decade, LA Noire, could be the first to make it into VR.

WWG cites three separate sources related to Rockstar in saying that the company is currently developing a remastered version of the game that will release on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch. Interestingly, the site claims that PlayStation VR (PSVR) support for the game on PS4 has been prototyped, though there’s no confirmation that it’s actually being included in the supposed final release. The report builds on rumors from two separate Twitter accounts that reported the remaster was coming earlier this year.

It’s a bit of a surprise, but LA Noire could be a great fit for PSVR. Released in 2011 on the previous generation of consoles, the game brought 1940’s and 1950’s Los Angeles to life with remarkable authenticity. Taking on the role of detective Cole Phelps, players followed his career as they solved numerous crimes across the city. The game boasted a highly detailed facial scanning technique that brought emotion to NPCs that players would have to study to determine whether or not they were lying.

Ultimately issues with this system and restrictions on Rockstar’s usual sandbox formula held the game back. That said, we’d love to give it another go in VR. Rockstar is apparently implementing a first-person mode into the game, similar to the mode it included in the recent remaster of GTAV, so it could be an ideal fit. LA Noire is also light on disorientating action, so it’s likely the Rockstar game of the past few years that’s best suited for headset support. A release date was not given.

Still, Strauss Zelnick, CEO of Rockstar owner Take-Two Interactive, has previously expressed doubt in VR’s potential, so we have some concerns as to if this is really true. We’ll be overjoyed if it is, though, if only because it might open the door for more VR ports of past Rockstar classics. Red Dead VR, anyone?

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