With the introduction of the GTA: The Trilogy collection, Rockstar Games officially confirms reports about GTA trilogy remasters.

The highly anticipated Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition remaster collection has been officially unveiled by Rockstar Games. The core GTA titles GTA 3, Vice City, and San Andreas, which were initially published for the PS2 and original Xbox, are included in this new collection of remasters.
Remasters of the GTA trilogy have been rumoured for quite some time. The 20th anniversary of Grand Theft Auto 3, which transformed the franchise with its 3D open-world sandbox, sparked rumours earlier this year. The rumours grew in popularity as more leaks and listings surfaced, adding to their legitimacy.

Rockstar Games said Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition is “coming soon” in a Friday tweet. The GTA Trilogy was originally speculated to be releasing in November, and now it appears to be happening, albeit no date or platform has been set. In a follow-up tweet, Rockstar mentioned the forthcoming GTA 3 anniversary, implying that more details regarding the GTA remaster collection could be published around that time. In 2021, the ports will be available for the PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC, with mobile iOS and Android ports following in the first part of 2022.

The release of GTA: The Trilogy on Switch will be the first time the series’ titles have appeared on a Nintendo console since Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars. While the remaster trilogy may make the three iconic games more accessible to some, Game Informer says that all existing digital downloads of Grand Theft Auto III, Vice City, and San Andreas will be erased. Rockstar is apparently preoccupied with the PS5 and Xbox Series X/S ports of Grand Theft Auto V, as well as GTA 6, so it’s unclear how extensive their upgrades to older games will be.

Rockstar had nothing formal to say about GTA 6 despite its fresh information in GTA: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition. The new-gen ports of GTA 5 were just pushed back from November 2021 to March 2022, thus this new collection could be filling in the gaps. According to reports, Rockstar will use these remasters to evaluate interest in remasters of other previous games. Rockstar is rumoured to be considering a remake of Red Dead Redemption, though it’s unclear whether the company will put more effort into it. If the GTA remaster trilogy is a commercial success, other vintage Rockstar titles could be remastered in the future.

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