After many, many leaks, Rockstar Games has officially announced the Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition, which includes Grand Theft Auto 3, Vice City and San Andreas. The updated games will be released “later this year” for PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X / S, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC (via the Rockstar Games Launcher). Mobile ports will follow in the next year.
All three games “will include major upgrades, including graphical enhancements and modern gameplay enhancements for all three titles, while maintaining the classic look and feel of the originals.” More details will follow in the coming weeks. Rockstar has not yet confirmed whether the games will be released as a single package, individual titles, or both.
The existing versions of all three games will be removed from digital storefronts next week. Rockstar also announced that the games will be released for iOS and Android in the first half of 2022.
The remasters have been rumored for months and there have been several major leaks, including references to the trilogy in Rockstar’s own game launcher, leaked logos and achievements, and the trilogy was even rated in South Korea.
The remasters will be released as part of GTA 3’s 20th anniversary, and GTA Online will also be updated with anniversary events, clothing, paint jobs, and more. Rockstar teases that there will be surprises for GTA Online players, “including the impending possibility of some unusual activity in and around southern San Andreas …”
In addition to the anniversary celebrations, Rockstar has also announced a new GTA Online expansion for this year, saying that “some well-known contacts and friends need your help growing their” legitimate business “- with many more surprises to be revealed soon!”
Grand Theft Auto 3, Grand Theft Auto Vice City, and Grand Theft Auto San Andreas are considered some of the best games in the series. As with all Grand Theft Auto games, each title focuses on the life and crimes of the main character trying to grow up in a fictional city in the United States.
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Vice City, for example, is based on Miami, while San Andreas is a mix of Southern California and Nevada. Check out all of our reviews for GTA 3, Vice City, and San Andreas.
The trilogy will hopefully bridge fans when Rockstar prepares a next-gen version of Grand Theft Auto 5 for PlayStation 5, which has been postponed until 2022. Though people seem excited about Grand Theft Auto 6 news more than anything.
Matt TM Kim is IGN’s news editor. You can reach him @lawoffd.