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From Liberty City to the Wild West: Rockstar Games’ quarter-century legacy

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In a quarter-century journey that has reshaped the gaming landscape, Rockstar Games stands tall as it is set to celebrate its 25th anniversary next month. From the gritty streets of Liberty City to the sweeping vistas of the Wild West, the studio has managed to deliver innovative experiences that have enthralled global audiences.

Credit: Rockstar Games website

Founded in 1998, the studio is known for bringing legendary titles such as Grand Theft Auto (GTA), Red Dead Redemption and Max Payne to life. 

While thanking players worldwide for their “incredible support and opportunity to create games that they are passionate about”, Rockstar Games announced on X that they will launch the first trailer of the next Grand Theft Auto in December.

The announcement made on November 8 has since garnered over 1.5 million likes, 56k comments and has been retweeted 507k times, making it the most liked gaming tweet ever.

Rockstar Games / Twitter

Rockstar Games have managed to have a huge impact on gamers ever since they came out with their first game. “I remember watching my brother play GTA Vice City on his desktop. He was obsessed with it. And that’s how I started playing it and fell in love with it,” Pankhuri Singh, a gaming streamer, said.

Arthur Ifeanyi Abraham, an online gamer, said: “GTA Vice City and San Andreas were really big when they came out as not many games were doing much of the open world gameplay. It was a huge thing at that time.”

Another gamer, Jun Huang, said: “I played the first Red Dead Redemption (RDR) till about a year ago. This should tell you what I feel about Rockstar Games. I have always compared every game I have played to RDR, but nothing has come close.” 

“Rockstar Games marked the beginning of my gaming life. I love all of their games,” Mohammad Areeb Aliku, a gaming streamer, said.

Over the years, Rockstar Games has also served as a catalyst for the creation of a multitude of memes, generating humour and cultural references, both within the gaming community and outside. 

Snapshot from GTA San Andreas / Rockstar Games

To mark its 25th anniversary, the studio is rumoured to have scheduled special events, in-game activities, and releases over the next year. In the ever-changing landscape of the gaming industry, Rockstar Games continues to be a prominent influence, impacting gamers globally.

On being asked about their experiences with Rockstar Games, this is what gamers had to say: