Cowboys, Gangsters, and Austin Powers: A 25-Year History of Rockstar Games

Only a few video game studios have celebrated their silver anniversaries, and with the release of the highly anticipated Grand Theft Auto 6 trailer this week, GameSpot is taking a deep dive into Rockstar Games’ history. After 25 years in the industry, Rockstar has established itself as one of the largest developers worldwide – a company that has not only released blockbuster games, but also highly influential titles that have had a lasting impact on the surrounding industry. have had

Officially, in December 1998 after Take-Two Interactive acquired the assets of British video game publisher BMG Interactive – including Grand Theft Auto’s DMA Design – Rockstar Games was born from a massive restructuring effort led by several BMG executives.

Playing: History of Rockstar games

The new publisher will spend the next few years working on projects like GTA 2, Earthworm Jim 3D and two Austin Powers made games for the Game Boy Color through his various studios, but it was Rockstar North’s GTA 3 that really put the company on the map, breaking new ground for the open world genre while it was still in its infancy.

The rest of the 2000s was an interesting time for the company as it worked on numerous projects including Midnight Club 2, Manhunt, Bully, Table Tennis and The Warriors between several GTA sequels, spin-offs and ports for almost all of the original games. platform Yes, Rockstar Games has made a table tennis game and it’s one of the best things ever. In the 2010s, the studio slowed its output to focus on better-selling games like Red Dead Redemption and Max Payne 3, and also helped finish Team Bondi’s LA Noire. However, for the past decade, the company has been defined by Grand Theft Auto 5, which is easily its biggest success story.

While the original single-player game was an ambitious collection of bank heists and mayhem, GTA Online is what kept the lights on for this entry. The multiplayer component was a huge success, as millions flocked to its servers, communities formed, and a live service experience was born. Rockstar also tried to keep GTA 5 relevant by updating the game for new console generations and porting it to PC in 2015. GTA Saga on December 5.

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