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Rockstar: We Could Easily Have Churned Out a New GTA Year After Year

November 14, 2012 Written by Jason Dunning

It’s been a big week for everything Grand Theft Auto V. Not only was the story revealed to have three playable main characters, they also debuted a brand new trailer this morning showing off those characters.

In a recent interview with IGN, Leslie Benzies, head of Rockstar North, talked about how different the development for GTA V has been as opposed to GTA III.

When we were working on GTA III 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.

He then continued to talk about the possibility of annualizing Grand Theft Auto, like Call of Duty and all the EA Sports series’ have done:

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. We want every one of our games to meet and exceed the players’ expectations so they always want more, and as such GTA V feels like our most ambitious project yet.

It’s definitely nice to see a company follow the ‘quality over quantity’ mantra, giving us one amazing game every few years, as opposed to the same game with minimal improvements every year.