Countdown to GTA V: About Rockstar

A look into the creatorsof the Grand Theft Auto franchise

So to kick off our countdown until the highly anticipated Grand Theft Auto V, what better way to start than looking at the company behind the series, and that is of course Rockstar.

Rockstar was founded in 1997 – when I was nine – by five guys, namely Sam Houser, Terry Donovan, Dan Houser, Jamie King and Gary Foreman. Those five men have grown into a massive business and now they have offices all over the world including Edinburgh, London, New York, Paris and Bogota. They need those offices though as while they are most famous for creating the amazing Grand Theft Auto series, they have also developed such games like Max Payne, L.A. Noire, Bully (love that game), Manhunt and Red Dead Redemption.

Rockstar, specifically Rockstar North (the Edinburgh based company) have been creating these wonderful worlds for us to play in since 1997 when they released Grand Theft Auto (1). The top-down urban crime game shocked the games industry with it’s quirky humour and style, as well as the incredible amounts of violence included within the game. The latter not always receiving the best of publicity. Despite that even now I doubt the five founding members would have ever thought the series would have become what it is today.

Rockstar then rocked the games industry again when they released Grand Theft Auto III in 2001. The first game in the series to become 3D, and it would be hard to argue that this game didn’t kickstart open-world gameplay. This game was probably the first Grand Theft Auto game that really caught my attention as I was too young to fully enjoy the previous games upon their release. That said I was still young and even though my dad had brought the game home for me from work, I got a stern talking to after he had found out what it was actually about. Nowadays almost all parents will have heard of Grand Theft Auto in some format or another.

Since 2001 we’ve also had Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas and Grand Theft Auto IV, as well as re-releases of Vice City and Grand Theft Auto III in high definition. Then came the downloadable content era whereby Rockstar where able to release expansion packs further increasing the companies already wealthy revenue. Then to increase the pot of gold even more Rockstar created Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars for the PSP, DS and iOS.

So it’s clear that after 16 years, 7 Grand Theft Auto games, numerous amounts of downloadable content, a handheld game and a fan base as big as you can imagine, that Grand Theft Auto V is going to be amazing and here at Console Monster, we can’t wait for it.

As well as our countdown articles, we also have our usualscreenshotsandvideosfor Grand Theft Auto V, which you can view over on ourGrand Theft Auto V media hub pagefor the game.

View a full list our Countdown to GTA V articles.

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