Rockstar to release Grand Theft Auto remastered trilogy later this year


Although for the last couple of years Rockstar has focused on GTA Online and GTA V (and also put out the great Red Dead Redemption 2), Rockstar will release remasters of three of its most-loved games.

The US video game company recently announced that Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition will be released later in 2021.

This compilation of remastered games includes GTA III, GTA: Vice City and GTA: San Andreas.

According to Rockstar, this release “will feature across-the-board upgrades including graphical improvements and modern gameplay enhancements for all three titles, while still maintaining the classic look and feel of the originals”.

Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy has no release date yet, although we can expect Rockstar to announce one in the coming weeks taking into account this trilogy of remastered games will be arriving later this year. We do know, though, that it will launch on PS4, Xbox One, PC, PS5, Xbox Series X/S and Nintendo Switch.

Aside from this, Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy will also release on iOS and Android mobile devices sometime in 2021, which is great for those who want to enjoy this batch of Grand Theft Auto games on the go.

And these certainly are some of the best action and adventure games ever made: GTA III caused a sensation back in 2001 thanks to its massively detailed open-world (it was the first GTA game to boast 3D graphics), although its crime story and having a protagonist on the wrong side of the law did lead to complaints from the moral guardians.

The game is close to 20 years old now and it’s looking a bit long in the tooth, so hopefully Rockstar’s remaster will bring the visuals and gameplay up to par and also make playing through GTA III as enjoyable as the first time.

GTA: Vice City followed in 2003 and improved almost everything about the first game when it came to variety of missions, story and characters. Its 80’s inspired atmosphere and Vice City itself (a fictional city based on Miami) made it an unforgettable game, so it’s great it’s being remastered as part of Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy.

The final game comprising this remastered compilation is GTA: San Andreas, which while not reaching the heights of GTA: Vice City is likely the top entry in the series when it comes to content. This featured three cities to explore (Los Santos, San Fierro and Las Venturas) and a ton of missions to play through, plus a story which dealt with the subject of racial injustice in America.

As stated earlier, Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy doesn’t yet have a release date, but it’s a great thing Rockstar is paying attention to single player GTA again. This is because for the last couple of years it’s been focusing on GTA Online, an online multiplayer experience set in the GTA universe which has proven to be a massive success for Rockstar and publisher Take Two. So much so that Rockstar forfeited releasing any single player DLC for GTA V so that it could focus on its cash cow GTA Online.

Actually, GTA Online is so popular that it may be the reason why GTA V is one of the best-selling games of all time. Rockstar, though, is now working on GTA 6, something which may bring a smile to those wanting to play through a new Grand Theft Auto single player campaign, even if the game won’t see a release any time soon.

For the time, GTA fans will be able to get hold of three of the best games in the series in remastered form when Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition hits the shelves later this year, something which will also give newcomers a chance to dive into some of the best open-world, action and adventure games ever made.

Update: Rockstar has revealed (via Kotaku) that its Grand Theft Auto remastered trilogy will be released on November 11 (digital), December 7 in Europe and December 8 in the US (physical editions) on PS4, Xbox One, PC, PS5, Xbox Series X/S and Nintendo Switch.

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