Grand Theft Auto Remastered Trilogy rumored for a fall release

New reports state that GTA 3, San Andreas, and Vice City will be getting a remaster this year.

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The Grand Theft Auto series is undoubtedly one of the most significant and most influential in the gaming world. Look no further than the endless speculation and rabid fan discussions about a potential GTA 6 for clear evidence of that fact. Though the next proper installment is likely still far away, it seems that Rockstar Games may be taking a dive back into some of the most beloved entries in the series, as a GTA Remastered Trilogy is rumored to be launching this fall.

Rumors of a Grand Theft Auto trilogy remaster have been floating around for a while now, but new reports from Kotaku give them new credibility. According to the outlet’s sources, Rockstar Games will be bundling together remastered versions of GTA 3, San Andreas, and Vice City for a Fall 2021 release. These remasters will reportedly be done using Unreal Engine and will combine both old and new graphical assets. Lastly, these games will also be receiving updates to their UI.

The reported GTA Remastered Trilogy is set to launch this fall for PC and all home consoles, including the Switch. If true, this could be quite significant, as it would mark the first arrival of the Grand Theft Auto series on the Switch. We’ve seen GTA games come to Nintendo platforms before, and what better way to introduce the franchise to the company’s hybrid console than with three remasters of some of its most beloved games.

The GTA Remastered Trilogy should still be treated as a rumor, as Rockstar Games has yet to confirm its existence. With that in mind, the upcoming Gamescom Opening Night Live event could potentially be where we see the project announced. In any case, you’ll want to bookmark Shacknews’ Grand Theft Auto topic page for future updates to the story.

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    August 12, 2021 12:20 PM

    Donovan Erskine posted a new article, Grand Theft Auto Remastered Trilogy rumored for a fall release

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        August 12, 2021 10:58 AM

        Hmmm. I could probably play 3 and Vice City again. It’s been a while.

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          August 12, 2021 11:01 AM

          Isn’t to say I didn’t enjoy SA but SA always felt a bit daunting by size.

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            August 12, 2021 2:27 PM

            It's the only modern one I never finished. I got bored with it and there was a lot of grinding that I really didn't enjoy.

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        August 12, 2021 11:02 AM

        I've tried to go back to VC many times because I love it so much, but they're pretty hard to play.

        Wishes
        1 - Updated Controls
        2 - Soundtrack licensing :(
        3 - Mission checkpoints

        I'm 100% certain they're not going to be able to relicense the same soundtrack sadly

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        August 12, 2021 11:03 AM

        i'd totally replay them. kinda weird they're using unreal engine?

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        August 12, 2021 11:09 AM

        Given all the C&Ds that Take Two has been throwing out recently against some GTA mods, this makes sense.

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        August 12, 2021 11:15 AM

        Unreal Engine? interesting

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        August 12, 2021 11:18 AM

        I'd LOVE to replay those games with some quality-of-life improvements and better graphics. They were a ton of fun.

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        August 12, 2021 11:22 AM

        Hmm, no euphoria engine?

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          August 12, 2021 11:22 AM

          Very unlikely

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          August 12, 2021 11:23 AM

          Porting that to mobile must be more painful than just redoing in unreal

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            August 12, 2021 11:26 AM

            Feek mobile, man

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              August 12, 2021 12:03 PM

              we are too old for this shit, but they will make a ton of money

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          August 12, 2021 3:41 PM

          You mean RAGE? Euphoria is just for animation.

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            August 12, 2021 3:42 PM

            Aye, I loved the animation physics engine, that's what I was wondering about

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              August 12, 2021 3:43 PM

              Oh gotcha. Maybe they can use that with Unreal, but I’m still kinda surprised/doubtful about that part.

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        August 12, 2021 11:45 AM

        does it remaster 4, thats all i really want

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        August 12, 2021 11:48 AM

        I’ll play them all.

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          August 12, 2021 11:49 AM

          I just really hope the don’t use the crappy mobile ports as a code base.

          And I hope they get 90% of the soundtracks.

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        August 12, 2021 11:51 AM

        yay???

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        August 12, 2021 12:15 PM

        New GTA Games Per Playstation generation

        PS1: 2
        PS2: 3
        PS3: 2
        PS4: 0

        For PS5 they're actually going to start removing GTA games from existence

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        August 12, 2021 12:18 PM

        I feel like the gameplay of these hasn't aged super well, missions that are easy to fail and have to do a decent amount of work to redo, but the music alone will make it worth it.

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        August 12, 2021 2:13 PM

        I will play Vice City. I wonder if they still have the rights to all the licenced music.

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        August 12, 2021 3:29 PM

        Are they doing a full rework like they did with Mafia, or is this going to be one of those "slap some higher rez assets on this thing and call it a day" type deal?

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          August 12, 2021 3:39 PM

          Yes, it'll be the latter most likely.

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      August 12, 2021 12:50 PM

      So that's why they were shutting down some mods

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      August 12, 2021 1:31 PM

      this was really great

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      August 12, 2021 2:26 PM

      I would love it if they ported in the safe point system from GTA Vice City Tales and GTA V.

      I loved the other games, but occasionally I would get stuck on one fucking mission and have to do it over and over again until I finally beat it.

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      August 12, 2021 2:53 PM

      Confession:

      I've played every GTA. Only one I've finished is SA. I always mean to go back be never get around to it.

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      August 12, 2021 3:12 PM

      The Unreal engine seems like a really poor choice. I'm expecting these to be clunky.

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      August 12, 2021 3:35 PM

      I guess people must play these things because they keep making them but I've never been able to play through a single remaster I've ever tried even Bioshock which is one of my favorite games ever.

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        August 12, 2021 4:09 PM

        These are really for people that never played the original. Think of all the teens and early college kids who were in diapers when these games released. If I was them, I'd be excited to try these out in remastered form.

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      August 12, 2021 3:35 PM

      A critical issue will be how much of the VC soundtrack they will be able to keep.

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        August 12, 2021 4:19 PM

        do you think the older songs' licenses are harder to retain/renew than newer ones in GTAV that span 3 hardware generations? or did they lose songs in V over the years?

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          August 12, 2021 4:46 PM

          They lost songs in IV for certain. And VC did have drop about 10 songs around 2021 for the Steam version. https://www.cinemablend.com/games/GTA-Vice-City-Back-Steam-Nearly-10-Songs-Removed-50206.html

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            August 12, 2021 5:09 PM

            Well fuck. I wonder if Rockstars lawyers learned anything that could help with securing rights for future games. The rise of digital games vs physical discs over the last decade must have brought about new verbiage in contracts to safeguard themselves.

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              August 12, 2021 5:22 PM

              I am sure they can work to negotiate permanent rights for songs. Eg at the time GTA VC/SA were made they probably never ever thought they would have to worry about rights failing and the impact of digital distribution on being able to stirp out songs that they lost licenses to. I think they were better prepared for GTA IV (the music stripping came 10 years after release)

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        August 12, 2021 4:21 PM

        expect ultra gutting of the soundtrack :(

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