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GTA creator raises millions for open-world GTA rival game

Former Rockstar North boss Leslie Benzies who was one fo the influential figures behind the Grand Theft Auto series, left Rockstar under difficult circumstances back in 2016.

He has since raised over £32 million to help fund his ambitious open-world Grand Theft Auto rival. Benzies was one of the influential figures behind the creation of Grand Theft Auto back in 1997.

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In 2017, he crated a new studio based in Edinburgh and Budapest called ‘Build A Rocket Boy’. The studio now has well over 130 employees, including the likes of Colin Entwistle, Felipe Busquets, Craig Conner, and Matthew Smith who worked on programming, cinematics, and audio for past GTA games.

Build A Rocket Boy’s first release is expected to be a game called Everywhere, an open-world game that Benzies spent most of 2017 hyping up. Benzies said the game would be “quite unlike anything I’ve ever worked on before” in an interview to Venturebeat.

Everywhere has a lot of traditional game mechanics but we’re going for something more that draws inspiration from, well, everywhere”

“Players are getting smarter and require more from their games, and we want players to have the real freedom to live in our worlds in the ways they want to. We’re aiming to offer a huge variety of game modes and styles that not only tell our stories but also enable players to live in the identities and adventures they most want to explore.”

Build A Rocket Boy have been fairly quiet since that interview back in 2017, presumably to focus all of their attention on the massive game they are working on, but thankfully reports by The Guardian now say the studio has secured investments from various companies, including Netease, a Chinese gaming giant.

The studio netted an amazing £32 million in funding, which we’re sure will help them deliver and amazing game. Everywhere is being developed in Amazons Lumberyard engine, which is the same engine MMO Star Citizen uses.

No word yet on what platforms the game will release on, or how long we can expect to wait until the game is ready, nothing of substance has been shown from the game so far.

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