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Quick quotes: Rockstar on why GTA III’s lead was mute

Friday, 16th December 2011 07:32 GMT By Johnny Cullen

“We were making up a lot of procedures as we went along, and we decided that the NPCs (Non Playable Characters) should talk and we would have to figure out how to make them talk (using motion captured cutscenes, something that had never really been done before, at least not on the scale we were doing it). So we decided that the game’s protagonist would not talk, partly to aid people identifying with him, but mostly because we had so many other problems to solve and this did not seem like a major issue. We started to discuss introducing a talking lead character when working on Vice City, but it was a lot of work. While the structure of GTA3 may seem obvious or natural now, and the use of cutscenes made in the game’s engine that look and feel like the game may seem simple and easy, it really was not the case back in 2001 when we had to figure out all of these things for the first time. Oh and in San Andreas, CJ calls Claude a mute because he does not talk and CJ finds this unnerving.” – Rockstar on why it went with a mute protagonist in Claude for Grand Theft Auto III.

GTA III 10th Anniversary Edition is out now for iOS and Android.

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  1. DSB

    I wish Niko Bellic was a mute.

    In fact, I wish everyone around him was a mute too.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. StolenGlory

    I wish I could put his fucking mobile on mute.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. DaMan

    I actually liked Gta3 more than SA for this reason, it felt more immersive.

    #3 2 years ago