In an unexpected move today, Rockstar announced that on November 14 they are bringing back LA Noire as an enhanced version for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and even Nintendo's Switch and a VR experience that pulls from the game.
The Switch version of LA Noire represents the first Rockstar game on the console, and it'll consist of the full original game, all of its DLC, Switch-specific gyroscopic/motion controls, and HD Rumble. New touch controls have also been added for handheld mode.
As for Xbox One and PS4, they'll also be getting the full game and all of its DLC, plus "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." The game will run at 1080p natively on Xbox One and PS4, while also offering 4K for Xbox One X and PS4 Pro.
Finally, the VR experience is called LA Noire: The VR Case Files and will release for the HTC Vive headset. It focuses on seven of the cases from the game, which have been rebuilt for the VR experience.
Could this possibly be a prelude to Rockstar creating a future LA Noire sequel? While LA Noire's original developer, Team Bondi, shut down back in late 2011, it certainly looks like a possibility, though releasing the game on Switch is also a great way for the company to gauge how well M-rated content as a whole will sell on the console.
Does LA Noire's announcement for current consoles surprise you? Will you be buying it?