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If you missed out on L.A. Noire the first time around, developer Rockstar Games has announced that four new versions of the pulpy detective action game are on the way, one of which will let players chase down clues and interrogate suspects in virtual reality.
You can add this to the list of current-gen remakes we never saw coming, but apparently, Rockstar has been working on these new versions of L.A. Noire for quite some time, as they're reportedly set to launch as soon as Nov. 14. So if you need a break from either playing Grand Theft Auto V or waiting on Red Dead Redemption 2 this holiday season, maybe you can try your hand at becoming a gumshoe?
The version of the game that's likely to draw the most attention is called L.A. Noire: The VR Case Files, which is currently only slated to launch on the HTC Vive. This VR version of the game will let players work through seven cases pulled from the core game that have been rebuilt specifically to be played in the virtual space. The cases were picked because of their self-contained nature, so you can work through their ins and outs without trying to follow an overarching narrative. Rockstar claims that this version of the game will include L.A. Noire's trademark action, as well as "true detective work." Yeah, we imagine it'll be pretty-dang rad to investigate crime scenes in the virtual space.
The other three versions of the game are more like two, with only minor changes spread across the various platforms. First up is L.A. Noire for the Nintendo Switch. This version of the game will include the complete, original, story and all of the additional DLC content, as well as "specific enhancements" that include, taking advantage of the Joy-Con's gyroscope, gesture-based controls, and HD rumble. There are also new wide and over-the-shoulder camera angles so players can have the most comfortable way to play, as well as touch-based controls for "portable detective work."
Finally, L.A. Noire is also coming to the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Again, these versions include the complete original game and all of the DLC, alongside some enhancements that will make the game look and sound better than ever before. For those of you who love your 4K, that will be supported on both the PlayStation 4 Pro and the Xbox One X.
We know that the Switch can't keep up with the PS4 and Xbox One in a lot of departments, but we find it curious that the listing for Nintendo's platform doesn't make any mention of enhanced graphics and the like. We imagine at least some graphical improvements were made over the original version of L.A. Noire, but there's no official word from the developer at this time. Then again, maybe they figure those are obvious enhancements and wanted the announcement to instead focus on those Switch-specific controls. We'll just have to wait and see.