Rockstar Games might be one of the top video game companies out there, but they sure left many dumbstruck back in 2021 with Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition.
This is because people were expecting great things from this remastered compilation of classic GTA games, including GTA III, GTA: Vice City and GTA: San Andreas, with Vice City surely being one of the best in the series to date.
Instead, the GTA remastered trilogy shipped in a rather sorry state in November 2021. Actually, this had more bugs than an abandoned cellar: there were all sorts of visual glitches, crashes and even rudimentary errors such as typos in the game world. Something which came as a shock to GTA fans, taking into account the classic status of these games and Rockstar being synonymous with quality for many people.
This might had to do with the fact that development of the GTA remastered trilogy had been handed over to a third party, and not done by Rockstar themselves. Nonetheless, the company issued an apology, saying that “the updated versions of these classic games did not launch in a state that meets our own standards of quality, or the standards our fans have come to expect”.
Rockstar has also been fixing the trilogy ever since release with a series of patches, and it’s in much better shape right now than at launch now doubt.
So it might be good news for those who’ve been avoiding the remasters that Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition is now available on Steam, as Rockstar recently announced on their website.
Not only that, but this is getting a 50 % discount as part of the Rockstar Games Publisher Sale, which is currently live on Steam until February 2. Aside from this, Rockstar also mentions that the GTA remastered trilogy will also be hitting the Epic Games Store this January, and aside from PC, is also available on both PlayStation 4 and 5, Microsoft’s Xbox Series X/S and Xbox One consoles and Nintendo Switch.
Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition is now available to purchase on Steam and Playable on Steam Deck.
— Rockstar Games (@RockstarGames) January 19, 2023
But despite Rockstar’s fixing of the GTA remastered trilogy and its recent healthy discount on Steam, it’s still disappointing that it was originally released in such a sorry state. Classic games like GTA III, GTA: Vice City and GTA: San Andreas deserved better, and Rockstar should have never handed the remasters to a third party (which had really only worked on mobile games until that point actually).
Of course, it’s understandable that Rockstar would like to focus on its cash cow GTA Online, with is still bringing the company millions each year, and the upcoming GTA 6, of which we’ll surely be hearing more news this year after 2022’s infamous leak… For the time being, though, the GTA remastered trilogy might now be a good enough deal for people to enjoy the classic GTA games until the next big thing from Rockstar arrives.