This month marks a special time for the Grand Theft Auto series; GTA III, the first 3D title of the franchise, reaches its 20th birthday on 22nd October. What better way to celebrate two decades of this megalodon of the open-world genre? A remaster, or three, of course!
Rockstar today announced that the 3D era games, GTA III, GTA Vice City and GTA San Andreas, will each be honoured with a new release dubbed Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition. Similar to the 2005 collection The Trilogy, the three games will come packaged together but with “graphical improvements” and “modern gameplay enhancements”, whilst still keeping that “classic” look. The actual release date is still to be announced, but Rockstar confirmed that the collection will be coming to all current platforms later this year! Mobile (iOS/Android) will also see a release in the first half of 2022.
With no visuals ready to show yet, we were treated to a small teaser video set to the tone of the classic GTA III theme to whet our appetites, along with a peek at what may possibly be the box art – featuring original artwork with a fresh lick of paint.
Alongside the announcement, Rockstar also informed the community that they will be de-listing the original digital releases of the three individual games on 11th October. This means that you can still play/install them if you already own them in your library, but they will no longer be available to purchase as new and will instead be replaced with The Definitive Edition. This shouldn’t be an issue for a majority of fans who have already long-owned these games, but it certainly feels like the end of an era to say goodbye to them at the same time. A Rockstar Support article has confirmed the changes.
And last but not least, GTA Online will also join the anniversary party as hints were dropped about some celebratory items coming to Los Santos in the form of clothing and liveries, including a WASTED t-shirt. We’re short on specifics, but Rockstar has promised info and “many more” surprises will be revealed in due course! The last few months of 2021 sure sound exciting!
Confirmed details thus far:
Release date – TBA (November/December 2021 for current platforms, early 2022 for mobile)
Platforms – PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Nintendo Switch, PC (RSG Launcher), iOS, Android
We’re absolutely delighted at GTANet and can’t wait to see what Rockstar has been cooking up for us in these remastered classics. We’re expecting more details to be announced, alongside screenshots, trailers and of course the release date, perhaps during the remainder of this month alongside the GTA Online surprises. Join us in the community on GTAForums and Twitter as we continue to speculate!