'Grand Theft Auto' Rival 'Everywhere' Raises $41M USD In Funding

The Leslie Benzies-developed title could change open-world games as we know them.

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Leslie Benzies, the former Rockstar North president, has raised £32 million GBP (approx. $41.1m USD) for his Grand Theft Auto-rivalling open-world video game, Everywhere.

The man behind one of the most successful and long-lasting gaming series around left Rockstar back in 2016, and in 2017 Benzies announced a new studio called Build A Rocket Boy. With over 130 staff — including some developers who helped make Grand Theft Auto V — Build A Rocket Boy has been working hard to secure funding in order to put Everywhere into production.

Today it has been announced that the studio has secured funding from numerous businesses, including the Chinese gaming company NetEase, Cayman Fund Makers, and Galaxy Interactive, which is known for investing in cryptocurrency. The money will help progress the development of Benzies’ game that looks to better the open-world formats gamers love.

In an interview, the developer said, “Players are getting smarter and require more from their games, and we want players to have the real freedom to live in our worlds in the ways they want to. We’re aiming to offer a huge variety of game modes and styles that not only tell our stories but also enable players to live in the identities and adventures they most want to explore.”

There’s no word on when, or even if, Everywhere will go ahead. Stay tuned to HYPEBEAST for more information as news unfolds.

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