Rockstar on Thursday made an announcement nobody was expecting: L.A. Noire is coming to the Nintendo Switch. That pretty much dispels Nintendo’s portable console as only being home to kid-friendly titles.
The action thriller, which puts players in the shoes of Cole Phelps to investigate cases in the Los Angeles area, was a milestone release from the publisher because it used Depth Analysis’s MotionScan technology, allowing the game’s characters to better emote facial expressions, which were key during interrogation sequences.
It was an ambitious title that took a massive risk on the mechanic, and although it wasn’t flawlessly executed, L.A. Noire offered a unique, albeit linear, experience. Its following is about to grow exponentially.
In addition to being available for the Nintendo Switch, Rockstar will also release the game for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and HTC Vive, the latter of which will feature seven of the original cases built specifically for virtual reality. Both the PS4 and Xbox One versions will feature improved graphic fidelity.
L.A. Noire: The VR Case Files for HTC Vive delivers seven of the original engrossing, self-contained cases from LA Noire rebuilt specifically for virtual reality, blending breathtaking action with true detective work to deliver an unprecedented interactive experience.
L.A. Noire for the Nintendo Switch features the complete original game and all additional downloadable content, with specific enhancements including a Joy-Con mode with gyroscopic, gesture-based controls, HD rumble and new wide and over-the-shoulder camera angles, plus contextual touch screen controls for portable detective work.
L.A. Noire for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One delivers the complete original game and all additional downloadable content with a range of technical enhancements for greater visual fidelity and authenticity, including enhanced lighting and clouds, new cinematic camera angles, high resolution textures and more. L.A. Noire plays natively in 1080p for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One consoles, and stunning 4K for PlayStation 4 Pro and Xbox One X, capturing the grit and grime of the City of Angels like never before.
Originally released in 2011, L.A. Noire will hit PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and HTC Vive on November 14. No pricing has been revealed.