Rockstar Games is the company behind the notorious Grand Theft Auto and last year’s western shooter, Red Dead Redemption. But in less than two weeks, they will be unleashing a whole new crime solving game based in 1940s Los Angeles, called L.A. Noire. And leading up to that, they’ve teamed up with L.A. Times to release a interactive map of all the crimes that took place in 1947.
As research for the game, the developers Team Bondi did a lot of research on the crime-filled city of Los Angeles back in the day. An interesting thing they did was read through every single daily issue of the L.A. Times from January 1st though December 31st of 1947. They then decided it would be a fun idea to actually create a 1947 crime map that collects and maps out all the strange and extreme crimes committed during that year.
None of the real-life stories presented on the map will actually be in the game, but they certainly act as inspiration for the developers and give us a feel for what gritty crimes L.A. Noire may have in store for us. The game is set to release on May 17th in North America and on May 20th in Europe.