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Rockstar revisiting L.A. Noire on current-gen consoles and VR

Detective thriller L.A. Noire is heading to current-gen consoles including the Nintendo Switch, while Rockstar is also working on a unique VR experience.

Chris Kerr

September 7, 2017

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Rockstar is revamping detective thriller L.A. Noire for current-gen consoles, including the Nintendo Switch. 

The Switch version bundles together the original game with every piece of downloadable content, and is packed with console-specific enhancements like a Joy-Con mode with gyroscopic controls, HD rumble, contextual touch-screen consoles, and wider over-the shoulder camera angles. 

It's promising news for Nintendo, with the Switch's portfolio going from strength to strength since it launched back in March. 

Naturally, L.A. Noire will also be heading to the Xbox One and PlayStation 4, and those versions will feature a number of technical upgrades such as enhanced lighting, high-res textures, and cinematic camera angles -- which were likely too intensive for the Switch's more conservative specs. 

Rockstar will also be making its first foray into the world of virtual reality with L.A. Noire: The VR Case Files. The immersive experience will feature seven select cases from the original game, rebuilt specifically for virtual reality on the HTC Vive. 

All three console versions will launch simultaneously on November 14, 2017, but there's no word on when the VR Case Files will hit shelves.

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Chris Kerr

News Editor, GameDeveloper.com

Game Developer news editor Chris Kerr is an award-winning journalist and reporter with over a decade of experience in the game industry. His byline has appeared in notable print and digital publications including Edge, Stuff, Wireframe, International Business Times, and PocketGamer.biz. Throughout his career, Chris has covered major industry events including GDC, PAX Australia, Gamescom, Paris Games Week, and Develop Brighton. He has featured on the judging panel at The Develop Star Awards on multiple occasions and appeared on BBC Radio 5 Live to discuss breaking news.

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