Rockstar Games, the world-renowned publishing division of Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. is pleased to announce a partnership agreement with Capcom Co., Ltd. to localize, publish and distribute the blockbuster title Grand Theft Auto 3 for the PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system and PC in Japan. Grand Theft Auto 3 is scheduled for release in the Japanese market in Fall 2003.
"We are extremely excited to have the opportunity to bring Grand Theft Auto 3 to the Japanese gaming public," stated Sam Houser, President of Rockstar Games. "We at Rockstar Games have great respect for Japan's passionate gaming community and admire its celebrated video game history. We have always felt that the freedom, non-linearity and gameplay mechanics explored in the Grand Theft Auto series possessed a universal allure that would appeal to gamers worldwide and clearly, Capcom shares the same beliefs. We look forward to working with them to extend the global reach of our best-selling franchise."
"It is an honor to partner with Rockstar Games to release Grand Theft Auto 3 in Japan," stated Kenzo Tsujimoto, President and CEO of Capcom Co., Ltd. "The Grand Theft Auto franchise changed the way video games are played and perceived with its groundbreaking gameplay, amazing production values and unparalleled sense of style. Now, the Japanese gaming community will finally have the opportunity to experience the Grand Theft Auto phenomenon firsthand. The release of Grand Theft Auto 3 is sure to be a landmark event in the Japanese gaming market."