As was predicted by Michael Pachter earlier this week, Take-Two has confirmed that LA Noire has seen its release date pushed back from this Q4 until some time in the first half of 2011.
“Every time we push the envelope creatively, it takes a while,” Strauss Zelnick stated in an investor call last night, as reported by Eurogamer. “In this particular instance, I'm not going to disclose all the advancements, they're pretty extraordinary, they are complex and worth waiting for.
“Equally, we do try to pick the right marketing window. That is important. One of the things we're proud of around here is we've extended the marketing window. We've shown the market if you put something fantastic out people will come out for it. That's for pretty much year round.”
CEO Ben Feder added: “If a title needs more time it needs more time and we're willing to give it. I will say about L.A. Noir that as I look around competitively at the marketplace, there is nothing else quite like it in terms of the gameplay and the technology behind it. We want to make sure we get it absolutely right.”
The game was originally announced in 2005 and for much of its life was a PS3 exclusive, though it’s now also due out on Xbox 360. It has been claimed that Sony forfeited its rights to the game in order to secure PS3 exclusivity for The Agent.