Video Game Testers and GTA V
GTA V, a Rockstar Games publication created by Rockstar North, was released in 2013. Let’s dig into it a little deeper and see how game testers look at this spectacular action-adventure game. So now, just before GTA VI will be released, let’s take another look at Video Game Testers and GTA V.
The release of GTA V was one of the largest, if not the largest, entertainment release ever. We’re not just talking about video games here, but television and movie release as well. GTA is one of the most expensive games in the world.
Costing upwards of $230 million to make, Rockstar had a huge responsibility to get every facet of the game spot on, not just for fans, but for shareholders and their own pride. And a critical element to this process was the role of the video game tester.
You see, once you’ve stripped away the hype, the years of production, and the ground-breaking budget, you still need a game that is playable and bug-free.
Rockstar developers and programmers don’t have time to sit around all day playing through the enormous sandbox environment that is synonymous with the GTA series, but somebody has to ensure any bugs or glitches are removed pre-release; that’s where the role of a Quality assurance specialist comes in.