May 27, 2018 | Updated: 07:21 PM EDT

‘Grand Theft Auto’ Top-Down Racing Mode Returns On April 25 When ‘Tiny Racers’ Goes Online

Apr 21, 2017 05:56 AM EDT

“Grand Theft Auto” would have a new stunt racing mode coming next week. “Tiny Racers” features a top-down, arcade-style gameplay. According to Rockstar Games, developer of the game, the new mode would put a new spin on classic GTA action.

A trailer released by Rockstar Games showed groups of four vehicles racing along narrow tracks while battling for power-ups such as weapons, mines, and parachutes which would be helpful for the drivers given the elevation on “Grand Theft Auto.” PCGamer notes that the racing style of the groups of cars was done in DMA Design style which refers to the original studio of “Grand Theft Auto.”

Polygon points out that the top-down perspective of the new stunt racing mode, “Tiny Racers,” was the style used in the first two “Grand Theft Auto” games on the original PlayStation. Destructoid explains that Rockstar Games used the top-down perspective on the original “Grand Theft Auto” and “Tiny Racers” racing mode instead of a third-person perspective. The reason behind that choice was hardware limitation when the game was launched. At that time, PCs and consoles could not render massive cities with large draw distances.

It limited the view of the original “Grand Theft Auto” game to “the ground cut down on the need for a skybox and any verticality in level design.” Among other GTA titles, only “Chinatown Wars” on the DS, PSP, and iOS/Android used that style of game. On April 25, players would see vehicles shrunk again and shifted viewpoints when “Tiny Racers” mode goes online.

To commemorate the 4/20 holiday on Thursday, Rockstar Games says it is offering a 50 percent price cut on weed farm businesses and upgrades. There would also be a 50 percent bonus on weed sales at own businesses, 50 percent discount at LS Customs on green tire smoke for “Grand Theft Auto” players.

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