L.A. Noire to be Honored at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival

March 30, 2011Written by Paulmichael Contreras

L.A. Noire is the promising-looking open-world mystery game set to release this May by Team Bondi and Rockstar Games. It has garnered such attention that it is going to be featured at the Tribeca Film Festival – a first for the entire videogame industry.

The game has been selected to be shown as an “Official Selection” at the Tribeca Film Festival. For those who may not know, the Tribeca Film Festival was created in 2002 by Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal, and Craig Hatkoff as a response to the September 11th attacks and subsequent effects on the TriBeCa neighbourhood. Up until this point, it has been focused on films, but this will mark the first year that a video game will be mixed in. Founder of Rockstar Games, Sam Houser sounded honored in his statement regarding this development:

We’re thrilled that L.A. Noire is being recognized by the Tribeca Film Festival in this way. It’s a real honor, and another step forward for interactive entertainment.

The game will actually be exclusively previewed during the “Tribeca Talks” on April 25th. This preview will highlight the melding of filmmaking and interactive gaming, as well as a live, interactive screening of a single case from the game’s lengthy main campaign. The session will be moderated by Geoff Gilmore, Chief Creative Officer for Tribeca Enterprises, the company that now manages the festival. Mr. Gilmore also had a few words to say about this session:

What Rockstar and Team Bondi have accomplished with L.A. Noire is nothing less than groundbreaking. It’s an invention of a new realm of storytelling that is part cinema, part gaming, and a whole new realm of narrative expression, interactivity, and immersion. We are poised on the edge of a new frontier.

L.A. Noire is currently scheduled for release on May 17th in North America and May 20th everywhere else for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.