May 18th, 2001
"E3: Three New Ways to Break the Law"
Smuggler's Run, Midnight Club, and Grand Theft Auto 3 are busting the GBA.
May 18, 2001 - A new publisher is hitting the handheld with flashing cop car
lights, locking down three licenses not afraid to break the law. Destination
Software has picked up the rights for Midnight Club, Smuggler's Run, and Grand
Theft Auto 3, plus a new PC puzzler conversion Snood.
None of the games were playable, and only Snood had screenshots available. Midnight, Smuggler's, and Snood are being programmed by Rebellion (who did the GBC Mission Impossible as well as a number of other PC, PlayStation, and Jaguar games), while GTA3 is being handled through Take-2 by way of the original GTA developers at DMA Design working on the PS2 version, though that game might be passed external and supervised by DMA.
How will they play? For the PS2 conversions, we don't know, though the likely answer is top-down. We can't imagine that GTA3 would even include the polygon buildings of the PC version, though the beefier power of the system would hopefully put out a more intense and faithful conversion, and the change of developers is hopefully good news. As for Snood, think Bust-a-Move with critters. The game should also have downloadable link play (no word on connectivity in the others). For a demo of the game in its PC incarnation, check out Snood.com.
Release dates are announced to be as follows: Snood for September, Midnight Club and Smuggler's Run in October, and GTA3 right in line with the PS2 version this Fall. We'll have to see playable to know how faithful those dates are to holding, but there should be more on the games sometime after the show.