Rockstar Games and Sony Music have joined forces to release seven simultaneous soundtrack albums on October 29th concurrent with the launch of Grand Theft Auto: Vice City for the PlayStation*2 computer entertainment system in the United States. The soundtracks will be released on the Epic Records label.
The Grand Theft Auto: Vice City soundtrack albums will be the definitive 80's music collection, with each album containing musical tracks from one of the numerous radio stations featured in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City. Each album will replicate a station from the in-game 1980's radio FM dial, ranging from Heavy Metal and Soul to Hip-Hop and Pop Ballads. Players will once again have the ability to tune the
radio station in every car that they carjack to one of many stations of their choice.
In-game radio stations have always been one of the most celebrated technical and creative aspects of the Grand Theft Auto franchise delivering a seemingly authentic radio experience complete with hours of hilarious commercials, jingles and DJ's parodying a wide mix of contemporary and classic radio formats. The radio stations in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City will feature the largest selection of music ever assembled for a video game with over eighty staggering tracks from artists such as Judas Priest, Blondie, Flock of Seagulls, Kool and the Gang, Hall and Oates, Grandmaster Flash, Cutting Crew and many, many more that span the entire musical spectrum of the period.
"The Grand Theft Auto franchise has always broken the boundaries of what videogame soundtracks can be, and Rockstar Games, along with Sony Music and Epic Records, have set a new standard with Grand Theft Auto: Vice City," stated Terry Donovan, COO of Rockstar Games. "The Grand
Theft Auto: Vice City soundtrack albums will arguably represent the most diverse, extraordinary and innovative collection of music ever assembled for any piece of entertainment - whether it be video games, television or feature films. Every track was lovingly and laboriously chosen to reflect the vast array of 80's musical styles and create the perfect audio landscape for Grand Theft Auto: Vice City."
Thomas D. Mottola President and Chief Operating Officer of Sony Music, stated "Sony is thrilled to have the opportunity to release what we believe will be one of the most thorough and exciting collections of 80's music ever to find its way into record stores. Rockstar Games has enjoyed incredible success with the unique creativity and gameplay of the Grand Theft Auto series, and Sony could not be more pleased to participate in the global launch of the soundtracks to Grand Theft Auto: Vice City."
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City is the next installment in the gaming franchise that has exceeded 12 million units in total sales to-date.
It's an entirely new game set in the '80s, the location is Vice City, and the vibe is glamour, power and corruption. It will be available exclusively for PlayStation®2 and is expected to hit retail shelves in the United States on October 29th.
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City will surpass the revolutionary gameplay, cinematic graphics and immersive audio experience that is now the trademark of Grand Theft Auto 3. The best-selling Grand Theft Auto 3 was released in October 2001 and has rapidly become the fastest selling, highest grossing game for PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system to-date, with global sales exceeding 7 million units.