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Bigfoot is by far the most famous myth in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. Bigfoot is a mythical primate which is believed to exist in North American folklore. The creature can supposedly be found in the San Andreas countryside (usually in Back O' Beyond, Shady Cabin or on Mount Chiliad.)
The first GTA Myth
Bigfoot is widely credited as kick starting the discussion of myths in the GTA series. Before the Bigfoot myth emerged, the only side topics in GTA games were about Easter eggs or beta material that had been removed from the game. When GTA San Andreas was first released in 2004, the Hot Coffee Mod stirred huge controversy and was hastily removed and the game was relaunched. In the midst of the confusion and chaos Hot Coffee created, internet forums and gamers were abuzz with rumors of a creature that inhabits the dark gloomy forests of the San Andreas countryside. Almost immediately the existence of Bigfoot in GTA San Andreas became huge news and to an extent overshadowed the game itself. In the weeks following the re-released game, gamers went into the woods searching for the illusive creature. Videos and screenshots that claim to depict the legendary Bigfoot saturated the web. Modders took notice and began to cash in on the hype, offering up Bigfoot mods for gamers to use to fool their friends. Full fledged hoaxing became a problem compounded by the notion that Bigfoot might have been removed in the relaunched edition of GTA San Andreas when the Hot Coffee Mod and other game files were dumped. This only intensified search efforts that sleeked to discover the truth once and for all. Years passed, and still, no one was able to definitively say whether Bigfoot was ever in the game. Bigfoot myth established a certain allure to GTA San Andreas that gave the impression that there was more beneath the surface than just the storyline.
Due to the vague photos and descriptions of this myth, Bigfoot's behavior remains largely unknown. Players generally say that they have seen Bigfoot from far away, usually as a burly figure walking through the forest which would flee if the player got too close. Rarer accounts say that Bigfoot attacks the player, or that the player could get close to the creature. Nevertheless, the majority of video or photo evidence that proves Bigfoot's existence are either faked or are a mod. The debate that Bigfoot exists in San Andreas is still active to this day.
The existence of Bigfoot in GTA San Andreas has been the focal point of many internet-based rumors since the game was released in 2004. It is impossible to determine the start of these rumors. However, in the brochure that came with the game, an individual named "Big Foot" is credited in the "Thanks To" section, although this is just a nickname for a Rockstar Games employee. The same name can also be found in the manual for GTA Vice City, in the "Thanks To" section, but it still does not serve as any proof to lead towards Bigfoot.
There are many supposed in-game references including evidence that supports that Bigfoot can be found. The whole idea of Bigfoot's existence fits nicely into the diverse world of the San Andreas countryside, especially its Flint County and Whetstone areas, with large virgin forests and "spooky" locations. The most popular reported sighting locations are near the Mount Chiliad Natural Arch on the side of Mount Chiliad, the Shady Cabin area and Back O' Beyond. Several screenshots and videos have been posted claiming to show the creature in the game. Sometimes genuine in-game captures of unofficial modifications or edited images and videos can fool players.
In an official interview with Terry Donovan released in 2005, he stated, "There is no Bigfoot, just like in real life. But there is something in the woods." This statement spurred a large debate within the GTA community about what Donovan was referring to. However, there is a small but vocal group of supporters of the creature's existence. Many people take Donovan's message as a hint, and search for Piggsy and other similar creatures in the San Andreas countryside.
Several crucial attempts have been made to find textures, models and other assets for Bigfoot in the game's files. None of these attempts have returned any results.
In an interview with Dan Houser, the Vice President of Rockstar Games, it was proven that Bigfoot was only in the unreleased beta version of GTA San Andreas. Apparently it has been claimed that there's a 1/10 chance of finding Bigfoot in the woods of GTA San Andreas, but the source of this claim is highly questionable.
- In Red Dead Redemption's Undead Nightmare expansion pack, there is a side mission that allows the player to hunt and kill Sasquatches, another humanoid ape cryptid. Upon killing the first, an achievement is awarded, titled "Six Years In The Making." This is a direct reference to GTA San Andreas, which was released in 2004, six years before Undead Nightmare, which was released in 2010.
- In the French release of Undead Nightmare, the achievement is named "Plus la peine de chercher, CJ," which translates to "No need to seek anymore, CJ," as another nod to GTA San Andreas.
- On the map of San Andreas, Back O' Beyond has various rocks, lakes and hills forming the shape of a paw print.