Team Bondi doesn’t do straight-forward. The Australian developer behind detective title L.A. Noire was unceremoniously dumped by Rockstar upon completion of the PlayStation 3 game. It was then supposedly snapped up by Sydney-based production house KMM, where it started work on a PlayStation 4 project named Whore of the Orient.

And the first footage of the release is embedded below, courtesy of The title – previously described by director Brendan McNamara as a "one of the great untold stories of the 20th century" – features free-running, cover-based shooting, and crowded Shanghai streets. Judging by the framerate and animations in the video, we’re assuming that the game is still incredibly early.

For a while it was thought that Warner Bros. was publishing the release, but the entertainment giant purportedly pulled out in late 2012. However, the Australian government awarded the developer a grant in June, presumably putting the project back on track. Expect more twists and turns over the coming months. Like we said, Team Bondi doesn’t do straight-forward.