It seems Microsoft in all probability kicked themselves within the again for this one. Throughout the newest episode of Power On: The Story of Xbox, it was revealed that Sony wasn’t the primary console producer Rockstar Video games went to seeking to launch Grand Theft Auto III on. However, because of a collection of unlucky occasions for Microsoft, GTA 3 changed into a timed PS2 unique.
Initially, Rockstar tried to enter the Xbox enviornment after they opted to take a position extra into its franchise, which on the time was totally 2D and top-down. Rockstar, nonetheless, was rejected because of newly appointed executives calling the photographs. The execs apparently didn’t consider the franchise may make the transition from 2D to 3D and couldn’t wrap their heads’ across the person interface.
“These newly vital executives in Xbox who would assessment all of the pitches from publishers and builders, they mentioned “I don’t assume that sport goes to have the ability to make the transition from 2D to 3D.” They felt that it was sophisticated, they didn’t actually perceive the person interface, they thought that it was based mostly on a sport that hadn’t been all that profitable. To my shock, it was rejected.”
After getting shot down by one of many main console makers on the time, they turned to Sony and reached an settlement, resulting in GTA 3 appearing as a timed unique when it launched in 2001. The franchise continues its immense success even to today with the controversial, however nonetheless current latest Definitive Version launch, which compiled the three staples of early GTA, together with its 3D debut.
GTA 3’s Definitive Version launch can be briefly on PlayStation Now.