The N64 Sci-Fi Flop Rockstar Games Made Before GTA 3

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On September 30th 1998, Rockstar North, then known as DMA Design, released Body Harvest.

The Nintendo 64 exclusive was the studio’s first foray into true 3D open world design, laying fundamental foundation for the studio’s future work crafting the Grand Theft Auto series.

To celebrate Body Harvest’s 20th anniversary, I spoke with several ex-DMA developers who worked on Body Harvest, to find out the real story behind this Grand Theft Granddaddy.

* (NOTE – Added 1/10/18 – Artist Paul Reeves did not leave DMA soon after arriving on the Body Harvest team, he worked on the title for about one and a half years.) *

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21 thoughts on “The N64 Sci-Fi Flop Rockstar Games Made Before GTA 3

  1. Thanks so much for checking out Grand Theft Granddaddy! Now tell me: What's your favorite open world game and why?

  2. I loved this game. Brings back great memories. Seems like Body Harvest was a truly important game. Fair play to the team – thanks

  3. This game is one of the greatest gaming experiences I’ve ever had. I had no clue this company went on to become rockstar north. It actually makes a lot of sense though because this game and all the gta games and red dead games are all in the list of my top favorite games of all time. Half-life and Half-life 2 are the others if that gives you an idea of my perspective of great games.

  4. Nintendo. A family friendly company that rarely allows violence in games on their plattform (even to this day, even tough they have relaxed on it a bit but still censor here and there), helped a company along that would develop some of the most controversial and sex/violence fueled games in our generations.

    Sit the fuck down and ponder about that for a moment. 🙂

  5. I loved this game back when I was a kid, I remember playing so much body harvest. It was pretty ambitious for its time and I still look back on it very fondly. ,

  6. This and Aidyn Chronicles are probably the two most ambitious games on the n64. And both got through some kind of development hell.

  7. I would love to hear more about the creative process they learned, and the logistics of trying to stay organized and collaborating on a frantic project.

  8. Thumbs up for the awkward Kyoto dinner! Hahaha, man what a story. I can only imagine the anxiety he was feeling in the moment but I'm sure it's a fond story to look back on now.

  9. Got plenty of D's and F's and black circles under my eyes during my school days because of this game.

  10. Body Harvest is one of my top 10 favorite games ever made. As a kid I was hooked instantly. The feeling of being so isolated and outnumbered was one I never felt before in a video game. The music, exploration and action kept me coming back for more. I Love this game and I hope there is a reboot one day.

  11. Body Harvest is an awesome game… Easily one of my favs, and part of a bunch of great games that made the N64 era so magical. You can't compare it to GTA3. And I'd rather play Body Harvest 1/2/3/4/5/6 than GTA. It's a much more exciting, adventurous, bigger concept, with probably the most badass boss fights in just about any game ever. Lovely music. Super fun vehicles. Exciting levels to explore.

  12. I feel like this game could become a great one if revisited properly.
    If it would just be remade with better graphics and some polishing here and there it would get the same fate again: a game ahead of its times but too old for the time.

    Then again, I think its team has built some hatred to it clearly. It would need half a different one.
    For how many would love a revisited modern (proper… Looking at you doom <.<) version, I seriously doubt it's gonna ever happen… God, imagine on pc with some mods too

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