Rockstar Games has finally officially confirmed that they are developing remastered versions of a trilogy of original Grand Theft Auto games - which includes Grand Theft Auto 3, Grand Theft Auto San Andreas, and Grand Theft Auto Vice City - after many rumors, speculation, and confirmed leaks had been circulating online in recent months.
The remasters will be launching later this year as the Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy - Definitive Edition, which was already confirmed in a recent rating in South Korea. Another leak through the Rockstar Launcher also confirmed they will be using the Unreal Engine as well.
Very little details are known other than the remastered Trilogy will include “across-the-board upgrades including graphical improvements and modern gameplay enhancements,” but the games will still include “the classic look and feel” of the original titles. Rockstar also confirmed that more information will be announced “in the coming weeks.”
Of course, October 22nd marks a special occasion as it will be the 20th anniversary of Grand Theft Auto 3, the game which changed the GTA franchise and inspired countless open world games after. So we’ll likely hear more information during that week. Plus, new items will be added in Grand Theft Auto Online to celebrate the anniversary.
However, there is a catch that may prove to be quite controversial: Rockstar also revealed that in the wake of the announcement of the Definitive Editions, the studio will be removing the original versions of each game from all storefronts starting as early as next week, including Steam.
Rockstar haven’t confirmed whether or not owners of the original titles will be getting a free upgrade to the Definitive Editions (but will more than likely still get to keep the original versions in their library). It’s unlikely we’ll see a free upgrade for owners of the original versions, but as we said we haven’t got long to find out more information about it at least.
What do you think? Are you excited for the Grand Theft Auto Trilogy remasters? Which one are you most excited to play a remastered version of? Do you own the original versions? And how do you feel about them getting removed from storefronts? Let us know!