Now that we are approaching the release of Grand Theft Auto The Trilogy – Definitive Edition and the franchise’s 20th anniversary, Aaron Garbut, GTA 3’s Art Direction has shared his thoughts [via. PressStart].
“Making GTA III, it felt like the game we had always wanted to play […] We thought it was very cool but really, we had no idea how it would be perceived. We knew there was nothing else like it, but we didn’t know if people would feel the same way about it that we did – we just knew that we wanted to share that excitement with everyone else. I remember that we showed it at E3 and Rockstar’s other title, State of Emergency got all the attention. That was hard, but you regroup and use it as fuel.”
Garbut also went on to explain that moving the series from 2D had changed the perspective in which the team approached the game as they needed to create a world with a larger level of detail.
This took GTA to places where video games had never been before “We also wanted to ground players in the experience, triggering missions in person, talking to people from where they lived and worked”.
Garbut also went on to say “We wanted to give the world height and to play with that height. Some of these elements were there in 2D games, but the distance and the top-down perspective allowed them to be far simpler. The shift into 3D meant we had to reconsider how all these disparate parts would come together since players were ‘in’ the world now, not just looking down upon it.”
“How do you get this to fit in memory, how do you render a few kilometres away, how do you even get in and out of all kinds of vehicles in 3D? What I’m most proud of is that we worked out what we wanted to do, what we thought would be best, not what was easy. We gave ourselves a lot of difficult problems and not only did we start to solve many of them, but we started to see for ourselves a very powerful vision of what we wanted to do well into the future”.
As the release of Grand Theft Auto The Trilogy – Definitive Edition draws closer, fans are eager to get a slice of the action, today a brand new trailer for the remasters have dropped giving players some insight into what they can expect from the release.