The 32-bit Get­away

Be­fore The Get­away was ever a Playsta­tion 2 ti­tle, it be­gan life on the Playsta­tion


The pro­to­type let you choose one of five dif­fer­ent car types. The player, af­ter view­ing a cutscene of a bank rob­bery and a sub­se­quent scene where rob­bers en­tered the get­away car, would aim to evade the Po­lice in a high-speed chase.

At some point dur­ing the pro­to­typ­ing phase of what even­tu­ally be­came the PS2 clas­sic, the game ‘Car 2’ was re­named The Get­away, com­plete with the font that would be later used in the fin­ished prod­uct.

Even at this stage, see­ing The Get­away in ac­tion brings for­ward thoughts of Team Soho's other games. With that in mind, The Get­away can be seen as a nat­u­ral pro­gres­sion from games like 1997’s Porsche Chal­lenge.

It wouldn’t be a proper chase through a city with­out fran­ti­cally driv­ing through ran­dom card­board boxes down an al­ley. This style of high­tempo game­play found its way into the fi­nal prod­uct, al­beit in a far more re­al­is­tic fash­ion.

Though known as Car 2, most of the team sim­ply called it ‘Mi­nis in a field’. Once the team de­cided to bring it to the PS2, it was to time to su­per­charge ev­ery­thing. Chun says, “No one was par­tic­u­larly ex­cited by a game called Car 2.”

The en­tirety of the Playsta­tion pro­to­type is cen­tred on Lon­don Bridge, which would lay the foun­da­tions for how Team Soho even­tu­ally recre­ated ten square miles of Lon­don for the fi­nal ver­sion of The Get­away.

Fit­ting with The Get­away’s cin­e­matic in­spi­ra­tions, the ini­tial Playsta­tion ver­sion of game fea­tured a Mini Cooper driv­ing through the streets of Lon­don, mak­ing a call back to the clas­sic Bri­tish crime film The Ital­ian Job.

Though man­age­ment loved Team Soho’s pro­to­type, the team needed to choose if they wanted to make a great, if safe, Playsta­tion ti­tle or a PS2 ti­tle that tried some­thing en­tirely new. Team Soho choose the lat­ter.

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