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Original Grand Theft Auto was almost abandoned

Written by James Delahunty (Google+) @ 07 Feb 2011 3:44 User comments (5)

Original Grand Theft Auto was almost abandoned Grand Theft Auto developer Gary Penn told Gamasutra about how the original Grand Theft Auto video game title was almost canned during development.
The GTA series has been one of the biggest stories of the video games industry so far, with the Grand Theft Auto IV title selling a huge 17 million copies within two years of its commercial release. Earlier versions of the title also had strong sales across gaming platforms over the past decade.

All of that came very close to never happening. In fact, it was something that was then considered a kind of "bug" in the game that convinced the developers to continue with it and set its tone.

"It never really felt like it was going anywhere. It was almost canned. The publisher, BMG Interactive, wanted to can it," Penn said. "There are probably two key things it fell down on; two critical things. One of them is stability, which is a really boring one, but it crashed all the f---ing time. So even if you did get something in the game, you couldn't really test it."

Penn explained that the other key problem with the original Grand Theft Auto was the vehicle component of the game. "There was a point in it where you used to have a button for opening the doors, and it was just rubbish," he said. "I can't remember if this is true because we used to joke that you even had to start the engine. It was awful; it was too sim-y."

One day while testing the project, the police characters in the game began to behave erratically, and this amused and inspired the developers to keep going with it.

"Then one day, I think it was a bug, the police suddenly became mental and aggressive, and that was an awesome moment because suddenly the real drama where, "Oh my God, the police are psycho...they're trying to ram me off the road."

The original Grand Theft Auto title is available for free.

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5 user comments

17.2.2011 7:50

im batman sssssshhhhhhhhhh

27.2.2011 20:08

i had the original game on ps1 and yes it did use to crash a lot.The police did use to try and kill the character rather than arrest them.

custom built gaming pc from early 2010,ps2 with 15 games all original,ps3 500gbs with 5 games all original,yamaha amp and 5.1channel surround sound speakers,46inch sony lcd smart tv.

37.2.2011 21:54

I used to love that game...until GTA2 came out with like 10x the resolution (on PC anyway).

411.2.2011 7:46

Been a fan of the series since playing the original on PC, although I haven't played all of them. Since then I switched to Playstation and starting with 3, have never looked back.

511.2.2011 21:21
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DMA Designs in Britain was the maker of the Grand Theft Auto Games and its inventor was Brit Dave Jones.

After the first 3 GTA's the company was then taken over by 2 English brothers Sam and Dan Houser who changed DMA Design to Rockstar North. Rockstar North in Britain is where all the main GTA games are made.

Then all the portable GTA games are made in Rockstar Leeds in Britain.

GTA inventor Dave Jones went on to invent the Crackdown games.

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