GTA beta name?
Posted 19 January 2011 - 05:54 PM
Posted 19 January 2011 - 09:53 PM
|‘Race ‘N’ Chase’ is where the genesis of Grand Theft Auto can be found. Mike Dailly, who at the time was lead programmer at DMA, had been working on a code that would produce isometric cityscapes. Viewed from an aerial camera that the player could intuitively manipulate, and coined Rotation, this engine would become the first Grand Theft Auto prototype. However, fate would intervene when Bullfrog released Syndicate Wars, and after spotting its glum Orwellian Blade Runner-style skyscrapers, Mike knew that his engine looked just too similar and decided to rework it. [...] The original Race ‘N’ Chase design was the one that DMA pitched to BMG. And it wasn’t until after the publisher was on board that the name would later be changed to Grand Theft Auto.|
I also heard about "Cops and Robbers" being considered as a title before they settled on "Grand Theft Auto", but I can't seem to find a good source for that. On a related note, GTA2 was to be called "Grievous Bodily Harm", or "GBH". "GBH" can be found in several development documents and game files.
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