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Before the release of Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, there were features that were removed from the final product. These changes range from deleted vehicles and player skins to the removal of entire characters and mission strands.


  • A character called Mr. Moffat was removed from the game. 
  • Tommy Vercetti originally wore a dark blue Hawaiian shirt. [1]
  • Ricardo Diaz's original name was Fernando Diaz.
  • Cam Jones' original name was Mike Jones.
  • BJ Smith's original name was BJ Jones.
  • Pastor Richards, like Donald Love, originally had a bigger role in the game.
  • Lance Vance originally wore a purple suit and a black undershirt according to artwork.
  • Kent Paul originally had a totally different model according to leftover files.
  • Ken Rosenberg originally wore a light pink suit and a yellow undershirt according to leftover files.
  • Sonny Forelli originally wore a light pink suit and a black undershirt, with dark glasses as seen from the artwork.




The beta map of Vice City inside the Sunshine Autos complex


Beta Sounds

  • In the first trailer for the original PS2, the M4 had a different firing sound.
  • In the first trailer for the original PS2, The M60 had a different firing sound.
  • According to some beta previews of the game shown at Rockstar's website, The Ruger and AK-47 had the same firing sound of the Shotgun.
  • In the 10th Anniversary trailer, The vehicle explosion sound effect was different.


SWAT Team (GTAVC) (beta)

Screenshot Beta Swat team

  • The SWAT team would have a bright blue uniform instead of dark blue.
  • The Haitian gangster who wears the blue shirt used to have a picture on the shirt instead of the word "Relax". [5]
  • There were several unused ped models. One man wearing a blue suit, one woman carrying a basket, another woman is wearing a orange shirt and another woman is carrying two shopping bags.
  • There was once a blond-haired prostitute with pigtails and a red skirt. She was supposed to appear around the streets of the Downtown area, and dance in the Malibu Club as shown in several trailers.

    Beta prostitute from GTA Vice City.


Note the two beta members on the right.

  • The second member of the Sharks looked different; he was Caucasian and had the same face as the first member.


  • The police car was white and blue in the beta.
  • There were many phone conversations between Tommy and Mercedes Cortez these line can clearly be heard on audio files.[6]
  • There were many lines cut from characters such as Kent Paul, Umberto Robina, Ken Rosenberg, Mercedes Cortez, Mr. Moffat and BJ Smith in Sunshine Autos. [1]
  • Tires were able to be slashed and recorded into the stats. [7]
  • There was going to be an additional outfit called "MC Tommy" but was removed. It was originally a brown biker jacket that could be found inside Howlin' Petes Biker Emporium. However, neither model nor texture of that outfit exists.
  • According to TXD files, a radio station named VCN (Vice City News) was cut late in the development.
  • According to three TXD files, a first person view was proposed. [8]
  • The sky in the beta version was a darker blue.
  • The beta HUD was very different. [2]
  • The radar originally had a more decent, gradient look. [3]
  • The water was more light and reflective in the beta.
  • The safehouse icon from Grand Theft Auto III was meant to appear. It can still be found in the game files.
  • The health and armor had a different color.
  • Online multiplayer was cut.
  • A "rumoured" GameCube version was "going" to be made, but was "scrapped", due to the game's violence. Reproduction carts do exist however.
  • According to files found on the PS2 disc, there is an interior for the Inside Track in Vice Point indicating that betting was initially for Vice City but got delayed until GTA San Andreas.
  • According to unused audio, loan sharks were meant to call Tommy, as you were originally able to borrow money.
  • According to unused dialogue, a Kenny Loggins song was supposed to be featured in the game.
  • According to a former developer, at one point early in development, Roxy Music's More Than This was supposed to be the original theme song.[4]


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GTA Vice City Beta Version and Removed Content


  1. Tommy Vercetti
  2. Bus Shelter
  3. Bus Shelter Mod
  4. Page 13 of the Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Manual, "Street Racing".
  5. Page 5 of the Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Manual, "Population and People".
  6. text\american.gxt>MAIN>MOB54_A-MOB59_F
  7. text\american.gxt>MAIN>TYRESLA>Tires slashed with a blade
  8. [FEC_FPC] First person camera""[FEC_FPR] Controls For First Person"".


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