Rockstar: More than 1,000 people made GTAV

Rockstar North president says scale of open-world game required internal studios from around the world to work together to produce open-world game.

Grand Theft Auto V was developed by more than 1,000 people across multiple Rockstar Games studios, Rockstar North president Leslie Benzies told Develop in a new interview.

Benzies said production on "giant" Rockstar titles--like GTAV or Red Dead Redemption--is no longer handled by one studio alone, but rather multiple internal studios working in tandem.

“That’s the way we work now--everyone works on GTA, or Red Dead, and so on, then we move on to the next thing,” Benzies said. “Now that it takes 1,000 people to make a game; that’s a requirement. But we don’t want 1,000 in one place.”

Asked if it took 1,000 people to develop GTAV, Benzies said, "It's probably more. Much more." Rockstar North's headcount alone is 365 people.

The reason the number of developers has risen is because of the size of the project, Benzies said. The GTAV gameworld is reportedly larger than Red Dead Redemption, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, and Grand Theft Auto IV combined.

“And that’s because of the size of the thing, we are modelling at such a minute detail," Benzies said. "Once upon a time the car models have four moving parts. Now there are 15 alone in a car’s retractable roof. The detail is ten, twenty times greater than GTA IV, so it takes ten, twenty times more people."

GTAV launched last month for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, generating arecord-setting $800 million on launch day alone and $1 billion in three days. Versions of the game for the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 are likely to be released in 2014, according to one analyst.

The game's multiplayer mode--Grand Theft Auto Online--arrived on Tuesday and has faced numerous bugs and issues. Rockstar hasreleased a title update aiming to address the issues on PlayStation 3, while the studio plans to roll out the patch on Xbox 360 soon.

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gamergath
gamergath

If 1000+ people made GTAV how about GTAVI... 3000+?!

theKSMM
theKSMM

This is the first I've heard about these games potentially being released on the PS4 or XB1.  I'd love to see that, but I'm skeptical that it will happen.

Paulies86
Paulies86

excuse me but isn't the voice of the commentator resembles that of Mandark?

pip3dream
pip3dream

i'd love to see a return to Red Dead Redemption!

CharlesBurns
CharlesBurns

GTA Online is still super glitchy for me. FAils to connect, the server is unavailable, I get kicked for quitting missions even though they don't load in the first place.


I'd like to see more building interiors. Some of the Gas stations you can go inside, but then some you can't. If you're gonna make some with interiors might as well make them all with interiors, same thing for supermarkets and liquor stores. Let the player know that every store one you find can be entered, not just some of them...

PupilsDilated
PupilsDilated

Imagine how many people will be involved in GTA 6 when it comes out on next-gen consoles a few years from now.  With even more detail required, there's going to be a shit ton of people on board!

fluffy_kins
fluffy_kins

so that's why the credits were like 45 mins long

Ferrybird
Ferrybird

1000 people. And only 20 hours of gameplay? Hire some others please.

ddoggbritt16
ddoggbritt16

are there any modern day rock stations on gta 5 because all i see is classic rock songs

kozzy1234
kozzy1234

RDR and GTA5 are just amazing games, especially after the overrated and dissapointing GTA4.

Romangelo
Romangelo

1000+ people cannot make an option to reverse x-axis.

cool story bro.

ArataWata
ArataWata

Saying this after your servers haven't been working isn't exactly the bestest of ideas cuz it sets it up for jokes like...


More than 1,000 working on GTA5 and they couldn't even work on the servers correctly, loolollololololololololololololololollolololollo

astralislux
astralislux

GTA PC versions have historically been released six months after launch.

Creed02
Creed02

It took 1000 people to develope GTA IV as well, yet their PC port sucks.

Blasterman4EVER
Blasterman4EVER

Also... I agree with more interiors, but I don't find an issue with it like you do, because I'd rather not wait another year or two for them to do what you're talking about. It would take a very long time.

Blasterman4EVER
Blasterman4EVER

@CharlesBurns It's most frustrating glitch is all of the characters it has made disappear from the servers, and there are thousands of people who have experienced this. That's flushing down the toilet tens if not hundreds of thousands of collective gaming hours. Lots of people will be very upset until they get their earned dollars or properties and rank points back that were lost with their character. I can handle the disconnects. What I cannot handle is losing a level 19 character.

Blasterman4EVER
Blasterman4EVER

@Ferrybird Wow what a dumb@ass. I don't know anybody who has beaten the game in 20 hours, and if they did, F them, because they probably played the whole thing like sh!t and skipped every cutscene and ran as fast as possible and had terrible stats and... even then, I bet they didn't beat it in 20 hours.

Ferrybird, you ignorant stupid troll GTFO and get a life you piece of garbage.

rad8045
rad8045

@Ferrybird get of what ever crack your smoking, there is nearly 100 hours of gameplay in this game if your willing to go exploring.

Salt_AU
Salt_AU

@Ferrybird lol 20 hours, try 100% completition in 20 hours and get back to me baddie

ddoggbritt16
ddoggbritt16

@ArataWata you do know that over 10 million people went on to the servers pretty much at the same exact time so of course there will be problems,in a week or two it will most likely be good to go

Salt_AU
Salt_AU

@Pooyagharagozlo so they can make 13 sales to PC owners that actually purchase games?  Reap what you sow sonny.

Blasterman4EVER
Blasterman4EVER

@Creed02 Get over it. Play it on console.

And yes the original GTA was on PC first. Don't care.

GTA is best played on a console. End of story. Let it go.

DrBob27
DrBob27

@Creed02 The PC port was handled by a single studio in the UK.

CharlesBurns
CharlesBurns

@Blasterman4EVER I'm fine with the offline game as it is, I think it'd be cool for the next game to maybe have a "smaller" map but ever building with an interior. Obviously means a lot more detail than just hills with grass.

GLOK1132
GLOK1132

@AggrandizedUser @ddoggbritt16 This statement could not be more wrong.  Vinewood boulevard is the "new" rock station.  And the car design are very current, some are even modeled after prototypes.

RainIsMyDrug
RainIsMyDrug

@ddoggbritt16 @ArataWata 

I don't think its a servers issue I think GTAO was glitchy to begin with.  They say it was PSN issue cause it to have problem but then again why is the xbox version having issue also ..Surely they both don't run on PSN servers. 

rupsasking
rupsasking

@Salt_AU @Pooyagharagozlo They need to show actually how good the game is.

Not with blurry visual

Low resolution

Low on control option 

No AA

Low on sound option

Terribly low amount of        pedestrian

Poor graphics

No MOD support

Low on sound option

and etc etc

RainIsMyDrug
RainIsMyDrug

@DrBob27 @Creed02 

It show how much they wanted to release it for the PC...Not very much.. I think they just did it to shut all the whiner up. 

Creed02
Creed02

@DrBob27 Oh yeah this shows how much R* cares about quality.

Blasterman4EVER
Blasterman4EVER

@AggrandizedUser @GLOK1132

Hmmm... you're not really right though.

Radio Mirror Park has a lot of "modern" songs, if I take your understanding of what modern is.

Plus that Rihanna song, some of the rap tracks, some other stuff... sure there is mostly stuff from all over the place, but saying there is none or next to no modernity is false.

There are plenty of cars based on cars of the last 5 years, which is definitely modern.

numbes
numbes

@Mantan911 @Salt_AU @Pooyagharagozlo they can reap what they sow also make us wait stating we will steal the game as the reason and guess what we will in greater numbers

Salt_AU
Salt_AU

@Creed02 @DrBob27 actually it shows how much they care about the PC, while they're wiping their asses with $50 notes from console owners that actually purchase games, they don't care.  Why should they?