Penn: First Grand Theft Auto Was 'Almost Canned'

The Grand Theft Auto franchise is one of the commercial pillars of the video game industry, with the last entry, 2008's Grand Theft Auto IV, selling over 17 million units to date.

But the storied franchise was almost nipped in the bud, according to Gary Penn, who worked on DMA Design's original GTA, which released in the late 1990s.

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zireno2908d ago

Good thing it didn't although I've never played it :), the first one I played was vice city on ps2 and since then I love the series even though most people complained about GTA IV

TheLastGuardian2908d ago

I'm not a big fan of the original but without that game none of the other GTA games would've been made. That would've sucked if one of the greatest series of all time never happened.

AAACE52908d ago

When I played the first GTA, I thought it was like what people think it is now. And that's just stealing cars and killing people in a violent rage! It took me a while to realize it actually had missions.

Sad thing is, people still play these games and don't know that the letters and symbols on the map are missions. They are shocked to find out there is actually a story to it!

Mista T2908d ago

great series until GTA4. Jesus WTF happened with that game.

y0haN2908d ago

It got more realistic, more gritty, more story-driven. Some people couldn't deal w/ that and they can go play Saints Row.

Mista T2908d ago

If they were going to do that should have just created a new IP

JoshuaN4G2908d ago

Thanks god it didn't... GTA 3 and San Andreas were my favourite of the series. GTA IV was a big disappointment.

GiggMan2908d ago

As of now 3 GTA articles on the front page... Gearing up for an announcement maybe?

-Alpha2908d ago

Wow, amazing. So what started out as a huge mistake turned out to be the thing that made the game great. Amazing story.

I have fond memories of GTA 1, it evolved beautifully throughout the years.

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