Improved versions of GTA III, GTA Vice City, and GTA San Andreas, are headed for PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and the PC!
Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition got announced today by Rockstar Games through their newswire. The devs began their post by reminiscing about Grand Theft Auto III, and its impact on the gaming world. This is somewhat similar to how their 10th-anniversary post from 10 years ago began. Then they proceed to thank the fans for their continued support.
But the meat of this post is of course the Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition announcement. That doesn’t roll off the tongue too well, by the way. The trilogy is coming to PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and the PC. The collection is set to launch later this year, with no specified date. This is weird because we only have 84 days left in the year 2021. So they might have as well given the full release date.
The same games will head to iOS and Android, in the first half of 2022. Again, a little fun fact. The 10th anniversary of GTA III also featured a mobile port announcement of this exact game. The PC version is exclusive for Rockstar Games Launcher it seems.
Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – Remaster? Remake? A lot of questions, not a lot of answers.
“Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition will feature across-the-board upgrades including graphical improvements and modern gameplay enhancements[…]while still maintaining the classic look and feel of the original” claims the post. Leaks from the past have suggested that the game will run on Unreal Engine. So no GTA III, or Vice City on the engine of GTA V.
This all sounds exciting, but there is plenty of room to worry. For starters, I don’t want the look and feel of GTA III in 2021. That game aged like milk, and plenty of gameplay enhancements/quality of life changes should be applied. For example, instantly drowning is true to original, sure. But I don’t think anyone wants to relive those youthful frustrations of going for a swim in the middle of a lengthy mission.
There is also a major lack of screenshots or any trailer. But this is just Rockstar being Rockstar. They announced Red Dead Redemption 2 in a similar manner back in the day.
Seems like a lot of classics coming back to life this month. We discussed how Konami is reviving Metal Gear Solid, Castlevania, and Silent Hill just last week! You can read all about it right here.