However, production delays and changes to the gameplay forced developers DMA Design and Visual Sciences to release the newly renamed Grand Theft Auto on October 14, 1997.
Originally developed for the PC, Grand Theft Auto was set to be a mission-based action game that allowed players to race and crash vehicles outside of said missions.
Because of the technology available at the time, the world of Grand Theft Auto was seen from the top down with almost none of the flashy graphics seen in later GTA games.
The original version had eight characters to choose from, and was ported to the PlayStation and Game Boy Color. The game took place in three primary settings: Liberty City, Vice City, and San Andreas. Each setting would be featured in a game of their own later on in the series.
Many of the innovative ideas that were seen in later titles of the series were originally part of this first game, including the ability to come back and play right after dying, hide from police, and toggle between radio stations in any vehicle.
Grand Theft Auto was a bestseller in the UK, and received favourable, though not great, rankings among the gaming magazines at the time.
Still, it was the spark that lit the fuse of one of the most popular gaming franchises of all time.
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