It has been a long time since Grand Theft Auto has had a brand new entry. After the absolutely insane success of GTAV, which is still (at time of writing) the second best selling game of all time, fans of Rockstar have been chomping at the bit for a sequel, but Grand Theft Auto VI probably isn’t coming anytime soon. In the meantime, let’s not forget that Grand Theft Auto as a series has been shaping the industry and pumping out fan-favorites since its’ first entry. If you’ve been nostalgic for some older GTA action, then get excited, because GTA III, Vice City and San Andreas are reportedly all being remastered.
As Kotaku reports, rumors of GTA remasters have been circulating all year, but they gained a new level of credibility after Take-Two Interactive announced they were working on three remastered games. Along with this confirmation, Take-Two has also issued DMCA takedowns for a number of classic GTA III graphical mods, leading to speculation that a new version of the game is coming which will offer similar visual improvements.
Kotaku’s sources indicate that these remasters will attempt to strike a balance between “old and new graphics” and are staying faithful to the gameplay of the older games. The UI of the games is also reportedly being updated without messing with the style, which would be a great quality-of-life improvement.
These sources state that Rockstar Dundee is helming the project, which is great news for fans who’ve been following this studio’s team. Formerly known as Ruffian Games, this is the same team that worked on Crackdown 2, 3, and The Master Chief Collection, so they’re no strangers to helping with great remasters. Hopefully, they can bring the same energy and life to Grand Theft Auto.
Not only are these games reportedly on the way, but they’re reportedly also coming very soon. Like, this fall soon. Kotaku’s sources claim that the remasters are coming in the late-October, early November. If this sounds too good to be true, it probably is, but there are some reasons for the crazy soon release date. The recent COVID-19 pandemic has been messing with these remasters for some time now by pushing their releases back further and further. Originally, the games were meant to be packaged together and offered alongside the upcoming GTA V Online next-gen ports, but plans changed and the collection was meant to be for sale earlier this year. Clearly, plans have changed again since, and now the games have a fall release set.
What’s more, the remasters might even be getting PC and Mobile releases, so literally every gamer will have access to the titles when they release. Stay tuned for an official announcement!