Former Rockstar North president and lead producer of the Grand Theft Auto series for GTA 3 through GTA 5 (opens in new tab), Leslie Benzies, has secured $42m (£32m) to develop his Grand Theft Auto competitor, Everywhere.
As spotted by The Telegraph (opens in new tab) (thanks, VGC (opens in new tab)), Benzies' new studio, Build a Rocket Boy – which is based in both Edinburgh and Budapest – has secured the funds from investors like Cayman fund Makers, Galaxy Interactive and China megacorp, Netease.
Benzies sued his prior employer Take-Two Interactive for $150 million in unpaid royalties back in 2016 (opens in new tab). His suit alleged "numerous deceptions" on the part of Rockstar and its co-founders, Sam and Dan Houser, that eventually led to his forceful ousting from the company. The suit – which was eventually settled out of court in 2018 – claimed he was given a period of paid time off to celebrate the monumental success of the GTA franchise, but when he returned to work, he was unable to enter the Rockstar North office because his facilities access device had been deactivated.
Sadly, the news does not come with more information about the mysterious new venture, Everywhere but here's everything we know so far (opens in new tab) about Benzies' new venture.
ICYMI, the official Rockstar Support account recently told Grand Theft Auto fans to "stay tuned" (opens in new tab) for future updates about GTA 6, the next game in its mammoth open world crime franchise.
In a series of responses posted throughout the week, the Twitter account stated that Rockstar has "not released any information" about GTA 6 as of yet, but directed fans to the Rockstar Newswire page for "official updates" on the project.