Towards the middle of last week (while Crave's gaming editors were a full world away in Japan), Rockstar announced that they would be releasing a collection of short stories centered around the world of L.A. Noire as the game's release date approached. The title is due out on May 17th, next Tuesday, and these stories serve to get gamers and fans pumped and in the crime-solving mentality.
The first in the collection of eight is officially out and ready to read on Rockstar's L.A. Noire website. And, quite honestly, it's good. The title of this one, #6 of 8, is "What's in a Name?" And it's been written by one of contemporary crime fiction's best writers, Jonathan Santlofer.
The read is quick, heinous, twisted and enjoyable.
More stories are set to release for the pleasure of fans up to and through the launch of the game next week. The full collection will be available as a digital download from all major e-book retailers on June 6th. No word has been given regarding pricing, so assume it'll cost you some scratch until you hear otherwise.
L.A. Noire will launch for the PS3 and 360 on May 17th, 2011. That's so soon, it's crazy.