Controversy has never stopped Rockstar from climbing right back into bed with the taboo, which is incidentally what many people will most remember about Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, released in 2004 today.
Grand Theft Auto
It was on this day in 2001 that Rockstar Games and Take-Two Interactive released Grand Theft Auto III. More than just a good game, it effectively set the stage for all 3D open-world games going forward.
In 2007, the shift over to next generation consoles was in full swing. Sony’s PlayStation 3 and Microsoft’s Xbox 360 had been on the market for some time and developers were getting comfortable working with the new and more powerful machines. Rockstar North in particular had still been running on Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, Liberty City Stories, and Vice City Stories in 2004, 2005 and 2006 respectively without a true foray into the then-next generation. Rockstar North wouldn’t stay quiet forever though and just a couple years later, it would come forth with one of the most substantial updates to the Grand Theft Auto formula since its transfer to 3D space with Grand Theft Auto 3. Today, we celebrate Grand Theft Auto IV’s arrival on shelves in North America and the standard it set for next-gen open world games going forward.
Rockstar Games is making Los Santos even crazier by adding a variety of Freemode Events to the multiplayer chaos of Grand Theft Auto Online.
The BBC released a trailer for its direct-to-TV film, The Gamechangers, a dramatized retelling of Rockstar's claim to fame with the Grand Theft Auto series.
Rockstar Games' parent company, Take-Two Interactive, has filed a lawsuit against the British Broadcasting Corporation over its upcoming Grand Theft Auto TV drama.
The British Broadcasting Corporation has confirmed that Daniel Radcliffe and Bill Paxton, of Harry Potter and Titanic fame respectively, will star in its Grand Theft Auto biopic.
BBC Two has chosen Bill "Game Over, Man" Paxton to star as the Rockstar Games-opposing attorney Jack Thompson in its historical Grand Theft Auto drama.
Daniel Radcliffe is in negotiations to star in a BBC depiction of Rockstar's rise to fame story with Grand Theft Auto and Jack Thompson's quest to stop them.
The Grand Theft Auto series is getting its own TV show! Well, kinda.