We know, we know… you may have to lean towards your display a bit and squint in order to tell the difference for yourselves, but we assure you that Grand Theft Auto IV's script was a little bigger than that of Grand Theft Auto III.
Rockstar, the developers behind the much loved GTA franchise, posted the second part of their "Grand Theft Auto III – Your Questions Answered" feature. One of the most stunning reveals throughout the entire Q & A is the script comparison you see above. When asked about script length for each game, Rockstar posted the image above with this blurb:
They are long. Very long. And they only seem to get bigger with each subsequent Grand Theft Auto production. Check out the image set…which shows a picture of the GTA3 script alongside the GTAIV script for some sense of what we mean
Also covered in the discussions was Grand Theft Auto III's launch date and its close proximity to the events of 9/11. Gamers have often wondered what, exactly, Rockstar had to change about their game and its faux-New York City locale in order to meet the contemporary atmosphere. The question Rockstar answered asked how different GTA III would have been were it not for the 9/11.
About 1% different. We removed only one mission that referenced terrorists and changed a few other cosmetic details – car details, a couple of ped comments, lines of radio dialogue etc – the game came out a very short time later. The biggest change was the US packaging which remixed the previous packaging into what became our signature style – because the previous packaging [which was released as the cover of the game in Europe] was, we felt, too raw after 9/11. All of the more extreme rumours are amusing but impossible to have been achieved in such a short period of time.
Grand Theft Auto III celebrated its 10th anniversary as 2011 drew to a close. As part of that goodness, Rockstar released a mobile version of the gaming classic.