There was once a time where Rockstar considered released instalments to the Grand Theft Auto franchise at a yearly rate, according to a discussion with IGN. However, due to fears that fans may have lost interest in the series, opted against such a decision.
It’s difficult to know whether in the wake of Call of Duty’s success, Rockstar are kicking themselves, or are infact content with the current schedule they’ve stuck with since the franchise begun in 1997.
In reference to Grand Theft Auto 3, Video Game Producer Leslie Benzies said the team had “no idea” how the very first 3D Grand Theft Auto would be accepted. He said, “When we were working on GTA 3 we were a much smaller team doing something new and experimental. We had no idea how the game would be received, just a belief that what we were working on was really special.
“Since then we have grown in to a much larger team and our games have much higher expectations. It’s not just our own faith in each project we’ve had to repay, but our fans’ too.
“We could easily have churned out a new version year after year without really progressing as a franchise but if we did that eventually the fans would lose interest.”
It’s difficult to see exactly how Rockstar could have developed the scope of such adventures into a yearly model, especially with the amount of dialogue and content featured in each game. As a result, Rockstar wants “every one of its games to meet and exceed the players’ expectations so they always want more.
Benzies claims that, “GTA 5 feels like our most ambitious project yet,”
With hype for the franchise higher than it’s ever been, here’s hoping that Rockstar match their initial expectations. A second trailer is expected to be released for Grand Theft Auto V at some time today, but in the meantime, feel free to watch the original below.
Furthermore, are you happy with the decision Rockstar made in preventing yearly iterations of Grand Theft Auto from hitting our stores, or would the greater access to car theft, mindless violence and over the top stunts keep you satiated year upon year?