According to the studio behind L.A. Noire: The V.R. Case Files (2017), Rockstar Games is producing a new game which promises to be a “AAA open world title in VR”.

Video Games Deluxe, a Sydney, Australia-based studio working exclusively with Rockstar, released word via LinkedIn recentlystating that the company is currently hiring staff to build the VR game.

“Having finished the critically well received L.A. Noire: The V.R. Case Files we are now gearing up for a new project, a AAA open world title in VR for Rockstar. 2020 marks our 7th year of working exclusively for Rockstar in Sydney and we are excited to taking on this ground breaking project,” the studio writes.

Video Games Deluxe worked on both the PC VR version of L.A. Noire: The V.R. Case Files and the PSVR version, which arrived on PS4 late last year.

By the sounds of it, the small studio will be expanding by a fair bit too, as it’s currently hiring for Senior Programmers, Engine Programmer, a Designer and Animator.

It’s difficult to estimate the scope of the project from just this information alone; Video Games Deluxe may be handling only a portion of the game’s development.

Whether it’s a completely new IP or a continuation of the GTA series also remains to be seen. The dedicated VR studio cut its virtual teeth on adapting the non-VR version of L.A. Noire (2011) to the medium, so it’s also possible we could be seeing a VR-adapted re-release of an extant Rockstar title such as GTA V (2013) or Red Dead Redemption.

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  • Ad

    I’m guessing a port, and I think they would call LA Noire Crime stories itself a AAA game so keep expectations in check. Upload VR thinks this is the next Alyx and I think that’s unlikely unless we’re just talking about amounts of content.

    • Bob

      I’m predicting that this game will be a port of GTA 5 over to VR as day one launch title for the PSVR 2.

      Calling it now :)

      • Ad

        I’m skeptical because of the scale of that job if they want it to feel high quality. I think it’s a VR sequel to LA Noire.

        • Bob

          No it’s not a sequel to LA Noire because no one really gives a damn about LA Noire in comparison to a full blown port of GTA 5 which all the masses are in love with on flatscreen. Also to make a sequel would take much longer than it would of an existing game that already technically works within VR.

          Not to mention the money making potential simply isn’t there with this so-called sequel of a detective game.

          • Ad

            Yes but can 15 people port a massive game like GTA without cutting insane amounts of corners?

          • Bob

            Hello Games did it successfully with 20 people (at the time) with No Man’s Sky with a monumentally smaller budget and taking approximately just over a year without cutting insane amounts of corners. And that game has a myriad of systems and game mechanics significantly more complex than a game that doesn’t offer anything else other than roaming around, collecting guns and cars, and taking on missions from NPCs.

            And did I already mention that the game already works within VR? It’s already proven to work which makes the testing a whole lot easier.

          • Ad

            1) I don’t think that comparison works and it took like 6 years of development to get to where it is now.
            2) If you mean the VR implementation, I can tell you right now that people would absolutely not be okay with that level of quality for a GTA port. NMS VR was a free update, it would not have been received nearly as well if it was a separate purchase.
            3) You don’t pick anything up in NMS, you don’t drive a hundred different cars on roads, you barely have combat, environments are less complex, and the gameplay in my opinion is definitely simpler.

  • namekuseijin

    Rockstar is not producing a new VR AAA OW game. ex-Team Bondi is working on a new project to port a Rockstar AAA OW game to VR. I’d be fine with either a full port of GTA V, RDR 1 or 2 – preferably the latter.

    • Are you positive it’s a port? I really hope it’s gta v

    • DanDei

      I don’t think it will RDR2. How few systems could run that game in VR? They’d have to lower details by a lot. Also, car driving seems much more a VR thing than horse riding.

      • namekuseijin

        I had no issues riding horses in Skyrim. RDR2 would really be a dream.

        don’t be discouraged by VR mods of GTA V requiring much hardware. Proper VR port can manage level of detail in distant objects better, rendering them mostly flat until closer. Plus, resolution is not as high on TVs, plus foveated rendering, either static as of now or dynamic in future headsets with eye-tracking, as Sony’s latest “ad” patent suggests.

        • Will

          It also likely won’t be coming for a few years, lots of time for both technology and techniques to catch up for a proper port.

          • Jerald Doerr

            It’s not going to take years….

          • Will

            It’s Rockstar, it’ll take years. They’ve been coasting on the last GTA for 7 years now, and 14 years passed between Red Dead 1 and 2. Even just porting an already completed VR mini-game in LA Noire: The VR Case Files from PC to PSVR they took 2 years. If they’re porting a fully-realized VR version of one of their AAA titles it’ll take a couple years, and if they’re building something from the ground up it’ll come nearer the end of the next console cycle. These folks do not move quickly.

          • DeenVR

            > 14 years passed between Red Dead 1 and 2

            Wtf are you babbling about, RDR = 2010, RDR2 = 2018

            And it’s a third party doing the port, clickbait title is clickbait

          • Will

            Lol I was thinking of Red Dead Revolver which did come out in 2004, but even the gap between Redemption 1 & 2 is still 8 years. These guys really don’t move fast. The studio doing the port works exclusively for Rockstar so I feel they’re more of a 2nd party, like Rare and Nintendo used to be. They’re essentially a Rockstar branch – and given they took two years just to port their previous mini-game from PC to PSVR, I also think it’s safe to say they’ve been thoroughly indoctrinated by Rockstar’s lackadaisical culture.

  • Bumpy

    I’m imagining a cheap, quick Fallout 4 VR type port. So basically, very simplistic; the only thing VR about it would be the weapon firing or throwing and ‘being there’ in full 3D.

    I hope to be proven wrong and it will contain Boneworks quality interaction.

    • Sven Viking

      Considering it’s from the dev/s who did their L.A. Noire VR port I’d guess that game would provide a better guide. Presumably they’ll know a lot more about VR since finishing that port, though.

      • Oh man, that one didn’t have smooth locomotion. :o

        • Sven Viking

          “ Smooth Locomotion
          To maximize accessibility and appeal to the preferences of multiple players, L.A. Noire lets you choose from four comfortable locomotion modes:

          – Double-click the right trigger for reticule-based blink movement
          – Select highlighted key objects with your gaze and click the right trigger to see your avatar move from a third-person perspective prior to teleporting
          – Swing your arms to simulate virtual walking—and hold down the right trigger to sprint
          – Access classic thumbstick-based movement from the pause menu for directional navigation.”

        • Gonzax

          Wrong, it did have smooth locomotion!

    • Boneworks is bar none the most damn fun vr interaction.

  • Dave

    The title makes you believe Rockstar are developing a original AAA VR game. It appears because they are using of another company that this will probably just be a port. It’s just not what was promised in the article title which was why I clicked here in the first place.

  • ComfyWolf

    Rockstar is most likely testing the waters with a VR port, even if it does well it will be a long time before they develop a fully fledged VR game from the ground up.

    • Sven Viking

      They already did that with L.A. Noire VR, though I’d guess they’ll be testing the waters again with a more polished VR port this time.

      • Ghosty

        The day for VR ports is over lets see some made for VR AAA games! Valve has shown the way, lets hope it inspired Rockstar!

        • Sven Viking

          Although even HL:A is a low-budget game compared to something like GTA or RDR. Estimates for RDR2’s budget are insane.

        • mirak

          I didn’t go very far in GTA V since I don’t play non vr anymore, so I am good for it.
          Also I will never play red ded redeption 2 if not in VR, so I am ok for it.
          If it’s well done.

      • ComfyWolf

        The VR market has grown quite a bit since LA Noire VR, and that also wasn’t the full open world game. If they released something like GTA5 VR, that would give them a better idea of how successful they could expect a VR Rockstar game to be, and would probably be a factor in how much they’re willing to invest into VR for future titles.

  • Ryan

    Exciting! Open world games are my jam.

  • antonio mora

    They might have seen the VR mod by Luke Ross.

  • Andrew Jakobs

    Still think LA Noire VR should have been a DLC instead of the expensive game it is now, for people who already own the full game. From most reviews I gather the VR is just partially tagged on to the original game.

    • gothicvillas

      If you have played you would know for sure without guessing

      • Andrew Jakobs

        But I think the game is still way too expensive even at 50% off during the steamdays. I already own the complete game on PC AND PS3..

        • Andrew McEvoy

          I know Im not really saying anything interesting, but I must say I really enjoyed LA Noire Vr ..played it through 4 or 5 times now over the years. Agree though it would have been great with at least double the missions though

  • indi01

    Great news! Hope it’ll be RDR but I’ll take GTA no problem!

  • Please rockstar: offer options for boneworks style gameplay, and half life alyx polish, and rockstars immersive open world. Please don’t do the thing where the game magically runs like a dream on psvr on a ps4 and garbage on a pc. I’m looking at you no mans sky vr.
    It’s gotta be roomscale, hand collision, good locomotion (boneworks is a prime example).

    • Kay Becker

      for your NMS part, I would say that’s the other way around: ran awesomely well on my PC and looks like crap on PS Pro – amazing technology lol Let’s face it also, not sure what you are running as PC machine, but NMS is still one of the most graphically demanding program on my PC I got a lot of them.

  • doug

    Sounds like a launch-day purchase to me, port or fresh title. In terms of hours played, Fallout 4 VR was the best value in my VR library, thanks to the game’s open world design.

  • Sky Castle

    Having already played GTAV in VR with a mod I’d rather see an new GTA VI or something fresh.

  • Greyl

    I love playing GTAV in VR on PC, via the mod, so this sounds exciting.

  • Bob

    The PSVR 2 will most likely launch by holiday 2021 and this game will be GTA 5 exclusively for the new Sony headset. What better way to get people buying VR headsets than to sell a massively popular game to be experienced properly in virtual reality for a brand new shiny VR headset for the masses.

    • Kay Becker

      I sure hope they don’t do that because in all honesty, VR is happening on PC right now, not on PS if you ask me.

  • david vincent

    Let’s hope they learnt from their semi-failure “L.A. Noire: The V.R. Case Files”
    (BTW, has L.A. Noire VR been fixed since then ?)

  • I hope it’s a new game, but probably it will be another porting…

    • Andrew McEvoy

      Yeah more than likely. But personally, the port of LA Noire is still one of my all time favourites. Id take more of that kind of fun at the very least.

  • Keith Collins

    they have removed the reference to the AAA open world game from their linkedin post

    reported in the description section here

  • Wild Dog

    Is this writer retarded? A cheap new IP, maybe.

    A continuation of GTA? lol