One of the creators of the first Grand Theft Auto—whose top-down perspective bears little resemblance to the series since 2001—is revisiting Liberty City to re-render that map in 3D.
Michael Dailly is carrying out the project in GameMaker: Studio, which is made by Dailly's current employer, YoYo Games. USGamer reports that Dailly had to code a map loader and building systems from scratch, and there's nothing to "play" per se, only a Liberty City to tour from a new perspective.
The image above is an approximation of what Grand Theft Auto would look like. It's a lot of primary color, sure, but remember this is taking a 2D environment from 1997 and making it 3D. And, even if GTA's gameplay and concept won it fans, its visuals weren't a big selling point to be behin with.
You may follow Dailly's progress through his Twitter feed; he says he'll decide what to do with his 3D Liberty City once it's complete, but there are no plans to actually implement gameplay within it.
Original GTA Creator Remaking GTA1 in 3D [USGamer. Image via USGamer]