Asked & Answered: L.A. Noire Edition

Posted on March 7 2011, 12:55pm | Author: R* Q | Filed Under: Games

In the past few weeks, we’ve seen tons of inquiries about our forthcoming crime thriller experience, L.A. Noire.  Today, your interrogation bears fruit in the form of an all new special installment of Asked & Answered.  If you’ve got something else you’re dying to know about L.A. Noire or any other game old or new – hit us at, send us a tweet, drop us a Facebook comment, or of course leave it in the Social Club comments area below and we may answer that in another future edition.

“What is the official release date for LA Noire?” - received via Twitter
“Nice to know the dates of release but what about a date for Australia?” - Tommy_Spaghetti

As confirmed officially recently, L.A. Noire will be coming to stores for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 on May 17th 2011 in North America and May 20th 2011 in Europe, Australia and New Zealand.  If you’re in another territory not covered in the above and would like to know when to expect the release of the game, drop us a line at and we should be able to confirm the release availability for you.

“Hey Rockstar love the new LA Noire trailer! So you’re tracking down a serial killer the whole game?? Can’t wait to find out more!” - received via Mouthoff

Thanks! And actually the serial killer crimes are really just one portion of the game story. You are hot on the trail of that killer while working the Homicide crime desk, which is just one of five total crime desks Cole Phelps will work.

“@R* is there multiplayer in L.A. Noire? or just single player?” - ghostcheez

There will be no multiplayer component of L.A. Noire – the combination of innovative technology and unique gameplay that allow you to solve crimes through interrogations and investigation is really one that’s geared entirely for a single-player experience.  Trust us that this is a game unlike any you’ve played before – very different not only for us here at Rockstar but for videogames as a medium.  Bolting on generic multiplayer on top of that would not make much sense, or be a good use of our time or development budget!  Hope this clears up any confusion.  We thought this would be spelt out in some of last week's previews, but as it wasn't, we felt we should clarify ourselves.

“Hi R*. We heard about interrogations and analyzing a crime scene in L.A. Noire but what about follow a suspect on foot and in car, gathering information from informants, tap a phone call, milk a conversation? ....could be nice to hear more about gameplay.” - realrasta

Glad to see you’re getting into the spirit of it all – and yes, many of those things (but not all) and more will be part of the gameplay of L.A. Noire.  From investigating crime scenes with a keen detective’s eye, to tense interrogations where you’ll have to pick up on nuances of what the suspect may (or may not) be telling you, to action-packed pursuit on foot, in car – plus fights and shootouts. We really wanted the game to make you feel like you are actually a detective, working criminal cases and making decisions about how you solve crimes and to build out a variety of gameplay moments and experiences to that effect. Look for a special new gameplay video about this subject called "Investigation and Interrogation" dropping this week.

“So, will I be able to choose from a wide range of questions when interrogating a suspect?” - The4ourTy67
“I'm guessing you get to choose from different questions/responses to ask your witness or suspect? Can these interrogations change the course of the game/story if not handled properly? Personally this aspect of the game is the most exciting for me. Nothing beats a good Noire mystery, I really hope that the cases take some serious effort to solve.” - IWIHooligan

You will always be given a range of questions when you interrogate a suspect, but the number and content of those questions is determined by how efficient you’ve been at searching related crime scenes for clues. The clues you discover can open up different leads to new locations or suspects, which in turn open up new options for a player to decide how to go about solving a case. Then during interrogations, it’s up to the player to correctly analyze a suspect in order to get the most information from them. Knowing when to believe a suspect, when to doubt them, and when to be certain they are lying (by presenting them with your evidence) will open up new ways for you to solve each case correctly. In every case, there is only one real truth about what happened - it’s up to your skill as a detective to discover it.

"All of those pre-order bonuses sound awesome but is there any way to get all of them? Hate to have to choose just one." - received via Mouthoff

All of the L.A. Noire pre-order content will be made available for purchase as DLC at some point after the game comes out. We have long planned to do this for all digital pre-order items. In case you’re interested, the Red Dead Redemption pre-order items (Deadly Assassin Outfit, Golden Guns Weapon Pack and War Horse) will finally be available for download via Xbox LIVE and PlayStation Network this April. Apologies that has taken so long, but we ran into some technical issues. Stay tuned for more details.

“R*, will we be able to see the Hollywood sign in L.A. Noire???” - rk8000

Yes, however since the game takes place prior to the year 1949, we have the historically accurate original version “HOLLYWOODLAND” sign in there.  You can read the full history of that iconic landmark at the Hollywood Sign wiki page here, but in short – the sign was originally erected in 1923 to promote the Hollywoodland housing development in the hills. It wasn’t until 1949 that the city of Los Angeles decreed that the sign be changed to be broadly about the district of Hollywood.

“So are we playing as a police detective or a private investigator in L.A. Noire?” - ghostx1984

You will play as LAPD detective Cole Phelps – and as the game progresses and you solve more cases, you will rise up through the ranks of the LAPD from a beat cop to other positions.  Much more will be revealed about that in due time.

“Is this going to be a sandbox game? If yes, is it going to be GTA style or more like Mafia where it's really more of a set story game in sandbox world...” - MarenkaS

L.A. Noire is a detective game – and it is unlike any game we have made or anyone else has made that we are aware of. You solve a series of crimes, some of which are linked and some of which are not, in 1947 Los Angeles. As a company, we try to design games around the content and setting, rather than form the setting to the game design. So the answer to your question is not a simple yes or no, but it’s definitely not ‘GTA with fedoras’ and is something very original we’re excited for everyone to experience this May.

“Is the music in the L.A. Noire trailer original to the game?” - received via Twitter

The music in both trailers are pieces of original composition from the soundtrack – we will have full details on all of the music soon.

“I really like that L.A. Noire artwork [of Cole Phelps]. Are you going to release more artwork soon?” - The4ourTy67

Thanks! And most definitely. Look for lots more original L.A. Noire artwork of characters from the game as well as of some of the grisly crime scenes in the game to be revealed and released in the weeks and months ahead.

“[L.A. Noire] looks really great!!!! So the real murders and crimes of the 40's like the Black Dahlia murder are gonna be in this game or something??? I read something on Game Informer that says "suffice it to say that this game might feature some of Rockstar’s grittiest content ever." Well this sound's more and more awesome!!!!!!!!” - Mortal91ify

Thank you. Yes, all of the cases in the game that you’ll solve as Detective Cole Phelps are inspired by real life crimes that happened during the 1940’s. Names and places may have been changed though, along with a good degree of creative embellishment to add extra drama and twists and turns.

  • CApTAiN_911on November 15 2011, 8:11amReplyFlag
    I Installed L A noire And Its lagging Too much.How can I solve this problem.
    • CApTAiN_911on November 15 2011, 8:09amReplyFlag
      • xxxplodeon October 12 2011, 2:22amReplyFlag
        Now that Team Bondi exists no more, does this mean we will never see more DLCs for L.A. Noire?
        • R* Yon August 24 2011, 11:39amReplyFlag
          @Chuckmac Yep, just select 'Cases' from the main menu instead of 'Resume', then choose a folder and select 'The Streets of LA (Free Roam)' to be able to travel about the city

          @adiebasher The DLC that's been released is all that was planned for L.A. Noire

          @madingo98 We haven't announced any plans to do that

          Thanks guys for all the questions, please hit us up at if you have anything to ask us
          • Chuckmacon August 22 2011, 11:16pmReplyFlag
            Will the game go in to free roam mode when you complete all the cases so you can track down badges and film reels?
            • adiebasheron July 12 2011, 5:32pmReplyFlag
              could you tell me please are there going to be anymore DLC after reefer madness love the game glad no multiplayer many thanks adie
              • madingo98on June 24 2011, 1:40pmReplyFlag
                Why cant rockstar make la noire for wii and ds?
                • voztok1on June 3 2011, 11:57amReplyFlag
                  They could have made like a GTA4 online style, like cops and robbers or something similar to that.
                  In my opinion this game is amazing, but I don't have any desire to beat it again because i know exactly what to do in the interrogations. Guess I'll sell it, get some money back and buy a new game if it has no multiplayer.
                  • MrM0J0risinon June 3 2011, 8:22amReplyFlag
                    @ powler29

                    you're smart...

                    and how would adding more feature ...ruin the game? nah. if they dont release multiplay gamemodes for this disc, they will in the next one of the series, guaranteed.

                    i'm about half-way through the game, to be honest im actually not trying to beat it in a day like RDR, and plus i have to feed my SOCOM confrontation addiction. but i can say the least, LA Noire is pretty amazing so far. also i just installed my DLC so im getting ready to see what they are right about now. PEACE
                    • R* Yon May 28 2011, 1:44pmReplyFlag
                      @DodgersOwn2009 When you complete the story, head into the Cases menu, open a folder and select 'The Streets of LA (Free Roam)' to continue playing
                      • johnandjack12on May 25 2011, 10:27pmReplyFlag
                        when i said im not buying it cause multiplayer i lied im gettin it same with my friend he already did!
                        • BIGSHEEPBALLSon May 24 2011, 1:20pmReplyFlag
                          R* has made some of the worlds best selling games, and has won many awards.. It isn't just because they had multiplayer for there games that won them Best game of the year.. Its because R*'s team puts real hard work into the games from designing characters too the music you hear while playing the game. RDR too me was the Best Game of the year, thou not just because of multiplayer, but because of the time-set and design thought that they put into the game ._____ When the first GTA came out, did it have multiplayer? NO... _______but we all still went out and bought it. Also there is only so much Data and Information you can put on a disk...

                          Already pre-ordered L.A. Noire

                          ***R* Great guys are the video game***

                          Actually gta 1 and 2 did have multiplayer
                          • shedproon May 23 2011, 4:56amReplyFlag
                            U missed a trick not having multiplayer on this , it would've been awesome!! oh well
                            • Assass1nDud3on May 22 2011, 9:45amReplyFlag
                              Everyone please,please,please shut up about multiplayer it IS NOT going to happen and as for the game its awsome also I would like to point out that nobody is giving credit to Team Bondi for this production as it was all down to them because they made it but R* are awsome!!!!
                              • powler29on May 21 2011, 7:54pmReplyFlag
                                please people stop going on about multiplayer!!.......... im sure rockstar are banging thier heads against the wall everytime someone asks this. multiplayer would completely ruin a game like this. not all platforms work as multiplayer, and if you only buy games for the multiplayer then you clearly don't appreciate the effort that goes into a production like LA Noire.

                                and someone asked why this wasnt going to be out on the wii or ds??....................................................................... is that a serious question? i can't even begin to explain why that question is so wrong. if you are a gamer you will have a decent console already (xbox/ps3) the wii is not a serious console, its targeted for children and elderly people. the most serious game is has is....................................................................... well i just dont know lol arent the best selling games aged 3+ hahahahaha

                                but on a serious note, good on you for making an amazing game rockstar, you are the leading company for the best and most popular games around. KEEP UP ALL THE GOOD WORK!
                                • Panick560on May 19 2011, 5:24pmReplyFlag
                                  @R i love your games with a passion , im gonna admit since i was about six i have played them , starting with GTA London , bit young for it but ah well. Firstly just thought id put out that over the years your games have progressed HUGELY , especially from your release of GTA IV ..and now your are presenting us with L.A noire which is yes something i have never seen before , i cannot wait to play it , but once i beat the game by 100% im sure after a while boredom may sink in , so i was wandering if there will be any future dlc's , i know this is a little to early to ask its just im a curious fan of your work .....and dont suppose working on a Multiplayer modes is something your thinking about ?? or is that in the zone of 'impossible' ..but you are Rockstar satisfying gamers is what you do best.
                                  • xperttraingeekon May 18 2011, 10:04pmReplyFlag
                                    How am i able to get guns like the Chicago Piano Gun and others that are stored in my police car? I pre-ordered from Gamestop and it didnt come with it. What gives?
                                    • MrM0J0risinon May 18 2011, 12:34amReplyFlag
                                      oh and also, say i wasn't to beat the game 24 hours or a few days even. what is there to do when it is completed? i mean, when i beat a game and there are extra little things to collect like in Red Dead Redemption i went back and collected every possible thing and there's still multiplayer free-roam and a great deal of player vs. player gamemodes... there must be something Rockstar is developing or considering to prolonggggggg the experience with LA Noire, right? thats what this generations gaming consoles are all about, nobody likes beating a game and then throwing it in storage never to be touched anymore.
                                      • MrM0J0risinon May 18 2011, 12:21amReplyFlag
                                        @107879 & Rockstar

                                        i still think multiplayer with free-roam should be considered as a cheap add-on. if the main goal behind LA Noire was to engage in a new and unique experience of this game's genre...then it has been done. i just bought the game unaware that it is only single player. I dont care though, even if i beat the game within the next 24 hours im probably going to trade it back into Gamestop unless theres some kind of clarification of a free roam addon to be released in the future. sort of devastating because i never bought SOCOM 4 due to its failure to please my personal taste in online player-to-player combat and i saved my money to buy this, but it doesn't even have that option. seriously Rockstar developers...consider it, please.
                                        • Mikey42on May 15 2011, 8:00pmReplyFlag
                                          i have read the most recent question about killing civilians. but it still doesnt answer my question really.
                                          will you be able to kill civilians when not on a case? and even after you beat the game?
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