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Old school GTA will get the 3D treatment

Original gangster
Thu Oct 17 2013, 15:13

THE FIRST TOP DOWN Grand Theft Auto (GTA) game is being brought back to life by its original mastermind.

Michael Dailly is head of development at Yoyo Games in Dundee. He is also the chap that gave the world Lemmings and GTA.

He has been posting updates to his GTA project on Twitter and has shared some imagery. It doesn't look much like the Grand Theft Auto we have seen in GTA 5, but it's still cool.

The original Grand Theft Auto was released in 1997 on the PSOne, Windows PC and Nintendo Gameboy Colour. It was followed two years later with a London version that added the Sega Dreamcast to its hardware list.

Dailly said that it has some gaps, but explained that he does not have the rights to the maps, and can only work from what he has. What he has runs in HTML5 and WebGL at 60 frames per second, according to the USgamers website. This should mean that while you won't be able to play it you will be able to use it through your web browser for virtual tours.

In tweeted messages he said that original CMP files are uploaded into Gamemaker Studio software - that's Yoyo Games' software - and stored as a "2D Grid with 1D arrays in it (so 3D map)".

"It's the original .CMP map format the game uses. I just import that and convert to a 3D model on load," he added. "Taking stock, looks like all I'm missing from the rendering of the #GTA level now, is slopes. You can see the large holes in the map. Shouldn't take too long to fix,but probably only when I get back from holiday."

He has gone on holiday now, so will not be doing any more work on his project in the short term. µ


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