Reeves: GTA III PS2 exclusivity deal was “remarkably cheap”

Thursday, 25th November 2010 17:10 GMT By Johnny Cullen


Define “cheap”.

Ex-SCEE boss David Reeves has told Eurogamer the exclusivity deal for Grand Theft Auto III on PlayStation 2 was “remarkably cheap”.

A deal was sorted at a private showcase between Reeves, SCEE founder Chris Deering and third-party publishers in LA.

“The last meeting of the day was with Kelly Sumner [ex-Take Two boss],” said Deering.

“We picked up something called State of Emergency, which I don’t think would have been on Xbox anyway. Then I said, ‘What else have you got?’

“And they said, ‘Well, we’ve got this Grand Theft Auto game… I suppose we could do a deal on that.’

“Our technical people had said GTA III was not bad. It was innovative, but not a monster. I had just heard it was good. So I said, ‘OK.”

Reeves says the deal wasn’t done in a formal matter, but with beers instead.

No exact details were given on the deal.

Grand Theft Auto III turned out to be the big push for the GTA series, and one of the defining titles for PS2, which turned ten in Europe yesterday.



  1. Quiiick

    $ 10’000’000

    #1 4 years ago

    A middle aged hooker and 2 grams of coke?

    #2 4 years ago
  3. JimFear666

    Sony was once able to secure exclusive game…. Time has changed …

    #3 4 years ago
  4. Gekidami

    Funnily enought the SNES turned 20 yesterday since its Japanese release to.

    #4 4 years ago
  5. Erthazus

    Actually they are doing really fine with 3rd party exclusives.

    +2nd party

    #5 4 years ago
  6. Psychotech

    @3 not exactly,they were cheap back then to secure an exclusive as they’re cheap now.They chip in on 1st and 2nd dev teams though thats why there’s quite a selection of Sony exclusives especially this gen.
    It’s a risk to secure a 3rd party exclusive as it will most probably end up timed exclusive

    #6 4 years ago
  7. cookiejar

    ‘We got this Grand Theft Auto game…’

    Just wow.

    #7 4 years ago
  8. David Sarkisjan

    What the hell is State of Emergency?

    #8 4 years ago
  9. KrazyKraut

    “was good, but not a monster”…lolz…I think they played too much PC in those days

    #9 4 years ago
  10. Kuwabara

    JIMFEAR666 UR A DUMB SHIT. i seriously hope ur not a xbox gamer.

    #10 4 years ago
  11. onlineatron

    It was a kinda crappy 3rd person brawler. I’m pretty sure it was on xbox as well.

    #11 4 years ago
  12. No_PUDding

    Proof: Throwing money about aimlessly has always worked.

    #12 4 years ago
  13. The_Deleted

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    #13 4 years ago
  14. Gekidami

    I bet Sony had to pay for the beer though.

    #14 4 years ago
  15. Erthazus

    and AGENT PS3 exclusivity deal was even more “remarkably cheap”. Just “Sucky-sucky 5 bucks”

    #15 4 years ago
  16. LePlatypus

    @15 Sucky Sucky Five dorrar?

    #16 4 years ago
  17. Gekidami

    Are we back on ‘War Face’ again? :D

    #17 4 years ago
  18. No_PUDding

    I am excited about Agent, yes please, I am. But I am excited about L.A.Noire. More. Than the other one.

    #18 4 years ago
  19. cookiejar

    @14 Nah they were like ‘oh you know what, I’ve let my wallet at home hah! so yeah, can you get these?’

    #19 4 years ago
  20. Kuwabara

    cant wait for agent. I hope it has a 70s soundtrack equivalent to whats in gta.

    #20 4 years ago
  21. chronoss2

    this shows that gaming was better 10 years ago

    #21 4 years ago
  22. g00nerz

    Interesting. If I remember correctly, state of emergency came our after gta3 and all things considered it was a steaming pile of dog turd. Which means at some point Sony must have realised how shit it was and put the release of it back in the hope that their biggie gt3 would help sell a few copies. It all makes sense now.

    #22 4 years ago
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