Remastered Grand Theft Auto trilogy launches later this year
Past Grand Theft Auto icons return with a new coat of paint.
What you need to know
- Rockstar Games has announced Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition, its upcoming three-game compilation featuring Grand Theft Auto 3, Vice City, and San Andreas.
- Pricing and availability are still to come, but the publisher has outlined plans to release the package "later this year" on console and PC.
Rockstar Games has announced Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition, a repackaged and remastered three-part compilation of previous Grand Theft Auto games. The returning titles include Grand Theft Auto 3, Vice City, and San Andreas, newly upgraded with improved visuals and other refinements over their initial releases.
The remastered trilogy comes as little surprise, following extensive leaks ahead of the project's reveal. The upgraded versions of each title will be available on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, and Nintendo Switch, plus older PlayStation 4 and Xbox One systems. The PC version will also launch simultaneously via the Rockstar Games Launcher, while ports for iOS and Android launch later in 2022.
Rockstar Games is yet to detail what has exactly changed, although it promises "across-the-board upgrades including graphical improvements" over previous versions. The compilation also brings "modern gameplay enhancements," although with intentions to retain the "classic look and feel of the originals."
Grand Theft Auto remains a leader in open-world action, with all three featured titles fundamental to the franchise's current-day success. Grand Theft Auto III was its first game to explore a 3D setting, while Vice City and San Andreas further expanded on its expansive virtual cities, regarded by many as top titles from the era.
Rockstar Games hasn't announced an exact release date but promises console and PC versions for "later this year," with more details to follow in the coming weeks. The publisher has also outlined plans to delist existing digital versions before the trilogy launches, providing an ideal window to grab these titles before being wiped from virtual shelves.
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Matt Brown was formerly a Windows Central's Senior Editor, Xbox & PC, at Future. Following over seven years of professional consumer technology and gaming coverage, he’s focused on the world of Microsoft's gaming efforts. You can follow him on Twitter @mattjbrown.
Even though I have all three games for my PS2, I will buy them again because they were great games. I bought San Andreas for the 360 but the controls were horrible and I couldn't complete the missions. They deserve to be remastered and all three for $60-70 is worth it.
I hope the digital versions are less than that.
I've been replaying gta4. I hope they remaster it next year for the 15th anniversary I think. Regardless will support loved vice city, 3 & San Andreas. Great music.
GTA 4 was so great.
San Andreas multi-player mod was the best. Hope they support this remastered version so I can play on it again.