Would you be raving to your friends about Rockstar Games’ gritty crime games if they were called “Race ‘N’ Chase”? That dated and slightly corny nomenclature was the in-development title for what eventually became “Grand Theft Auto 1” and, last week, the design document that planted the seeds of the millions-selling “Grand Theft Auto” series has been posted to Flickr by Mike Dailly. Dailly served as graphics engine programmer on the game at the DMA development studio in Scotland, which eventually got re-branded as Rockstar North.
Mind you, the “Grand Theft Auto” franchise didn’t really become the blockbuster that we now know it to be until its third iteration “Grand Theft Auto III” hit the PS2 That game altered the camera angle and brought in the 3D graphics and open-world structure that changed the face of video games forever. No matter how different “GTA 1” and “GTA III look, you can see many of the core ideas and philosophy that made the series become so iconic in the original design document.
By the way, Rockstar has the original “GTA” available for free download on their site if you want to check out what “Race ‘N’ Chase” eventually became.