Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy - The Definitive Edition officially announced

At long last, we have confirmation that Rockstar is bringing Grand Theft Auto 3, Vice City, and San Andreas to consoles, PC, and mobile devices.

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It was a nearly impossible time keeping the lid on the news of a return of classic Grand Theft Auto games, but Rockstar has finally announced an upcoming bundle of some of its most beloved titles in one package. Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy - The Definitive Edition is set to bring Grand Theft Auto 3, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, and Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas to new consoles and PC this year, as well as mobile devices in 2022.

Rockstar officially announced Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy - Definitive Edition in a press release, along with posts on the Rockstar Twitter on October 8, 2021. The collection brings GTA 3, Vice City, and San Andreas to Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, PS4, PS5, Nintendo Switch, and PC this year. Rockstar also confirmed that Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy - Definitive Edition is being developed for mobile launch on iOS and Android in the first half of 2022. Each of the games included in the trilogy will feature across the board improvements, graphical updates, gameplay enhancements, and further quality-of-life features to take some of the age off these classic games.

Grand Theft Auto 3 first launched in 2001 and revolutionized the franchise, putting it on the map in a big way. The Trilogy - Definitive Edition is a celebration of the 20-year anniversary of the franchise revolution and the Vice City and San Andreas games that followed soon after in that same formula.

It should be noted that this is the same Grand Theft Auto trilogy that we’ve been seeing in rumors and ratings board leaks in recent news. As suggested by those leaks, Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy - Definitive Edition is slated to launch before the end of 2021 (so, fairly soon). That said, we didn’t get a release date at this time just yet. Stay tuned for the console and PC launch dates, as well as mobile release dates for Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy - Definitive Edition in the near future.

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      October 8, 2021 8:03 AM

      Rockstar officially confirms Grand Theft Auto : The Trilogy - The Definitive Edition (3, VC, SA) for PC, Xbox, PS, Switch as well as mobile

      https://www.theverge.com/2021/10/8/22711013/grand-theft-auto-trilogy-definitive-vice-city-iii-san-andreas-pc-console

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        October 8, 2021 8:04 AM

        but the adventures of Claude, the silent protagonist in GTA III; Tommy Vercetti in Vice City; and CJ in San Andreas are still very much worth playing.

        Ehhhh...

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        October 8, 2021 8:05 AM

        Mobile versions are due in 2022, but the other releases don't have a date (But the rumors fix it around November)

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        October 8, 2021 8:06 AM

        So this must be why they went after that open source updated engine again and again.

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          October 8, 2021 8:09 AM

          Most likely yes (which still is a BS reason)

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        October 8, 2021 8:07 AM

        I'm pretty sure this "confirms" another title from that Nvidia leak.

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          October 8, 2021 8:10 AM

          This one has been long rumored due to appearing on several ratings board plus other leaks beyond the NVidia one.

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            October 8, 2021 8:11 AM

            But still means that SMTV on PC is slightly more likely to be true!

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        October 8, 2021 8:11 AM

        Also important:

        But ahead of the launch, it’ll begin removing existing versions of each title from digital storefronts next week, so pick those up if you want them before you no longer have a chance.

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        October 8, 2021 8:21 AM

        "remastered" = they removed all the good music that they don't have licensed anymore

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        October 8, 2021 9:41 AM

        literally nobody asked for this...

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          October 8, 2021 9:46 AM

          I bet GTA 5 remastered will come out before GTA 6.

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            October 8, 2021 10:22 AM

            sad lol... cause it's true

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          October 8, 2021 11:16 AM

          You would be incorrect.

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          October 8, 2021 12:24 PM

          I did. Vice City will be a fun nostalgia ride, but it's San Andreas I'm really looking forward to returning to.

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          October 8, 2021 1:36 PM

          I think my streak of not playing any gta game will endure.

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      October 8, 2021 8:46 AM

      Personally I have no interest in this. Love those games, played them back in my early twenties, no real desire to play them again.

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      October 8, 2021 9:06 AM

      I hope they've done enough to make them fun to play in 2021. I loved them when they were new, but they have rough edges that make them tough to go back to. I also hope they don't fix a bunch of playability issues and neglect to relicense the music that made those games great as well.

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        October 8, 2021 9:40 AM

        Big same. Was talking about it with Craddock. Aiming was the one I brought up because even at the time I thought the auto-lock aim and few aimed weapons controlled really rough. I think everyone who's interested wants these games to _not_ play exactly like games from 2001/2002 haha

        Will be keeping an eye out like a hawk for the the gameplay enhancements they promised.

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      October 8, 2021 9:21 AM

      Kinda want to boycott this because of their dick moves to the reverse engineering guys

      https://www.pcgamer.com/grand-theft-auto-modders-that-tried-to-get-around-a-dmca-claim-get-walloped-with-take-two-lawsuit/

      Basically they reverse engineered the code. If they had stolen the code or something I could see a case, but it looks like they used debug symbols or something and clean room reverse engineered it.

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        October 8, 2021 9:43 AM

        I mean not to defend and I think EULAs are dumb and often unenforceable, but reverse engineering is also against the EULA

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          October 8, 2021 10:18 AM

          I guess. I just think it’s weird that Blizzard, in the running with Zenimax to be the most litigious game company on earth, sees no issue with Devilution (a reverse engineering of Diablo 1) but Take Two has an issue with these guys. They’re not distributing the game for free, you still have to have the data, and it’s not like they’re eroding some competitive advantage since these are ancient engines, they’re just making them playable on newer hardware.

          It could be like the Right to Repair thing where no one really cares except ignorable weirdos like me but having a massive lawsuit like the one they’re intent on doing is going to maybe be more destructive than they care for.

          I guess a key difference is Blizzard is not trying to sell Diablo 1 anymore. If they did maybe they’d change their tune.

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      October 8, 2021 9:24 AM

      “and further quality-of-life features to take some of the age off these classic games.”

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      October 8, 2021 9:28 AM

      Cool.

      Now announce the X|S|5 4k60 versions of GTA5 and RDR2.

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        October 8, 2021 12:59 PM

        Yeah, that's what I want. I don't care about the older titles.

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          October 8, 2021 1:00 PM

          Yeah, they're objectively dated and have poor gameplay.

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      October 8, 2021 10:12 AM

      I've been playing through GTA IV (which I've never finished and which is also about 25% too long) on Xbox. But overal it's been great. I've always wanted to play all the way through San Andreas so maybe better controls and graphics will make that a better experience (because the couple of times I've tried in the last few years - the controls were ROUGH).

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        October 8, 2021 11:17 AM

        GTA IV's last mission was stupid hard. Mostly because of the controls.

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          October 8, 2021 11:21 AM

          I think I’m getting close to the end. The main frustration has been the lack of sane checkpointing. If you die you might have to drive all the way across all the islands to have to pick up a car just to turn around and drive back to where the actual fight takes place where you might die and then have to go do all of those long drives again. It’s such dumb design. GTA V mostly fixed a lot of that.

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          October 8, 2021 12:14 PM

          And "Four leaf clover". Fuck that mission. One checkpoint on a 20-30 minute mission on which you can instantly die at any point.

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        October 8, 2021 11:49 AM

        I've played them all from III to V, IV was my favorite.

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          October 8, 2021 11:55 AM

          I liked the characters in V way way more. Nico just seems like a bad person. Unlike a lot of other GTAs where the main protagonists might be a bad guy trying to do the right thing, in IV, Nico just seems like a bad guy who occasionally by accident does a good thing but not because he wanted to. He’s a very passive protagonist too. I know Trever and Michael and Franklin weren’t saints but they tried to do the right thing… maybe not morally or ethically right but at least the right thing in their particular situation. You feel like they’d probably have your back if you didn’t screw them over. Where as Nico feels like he’d flip on you if someone offered him $5 or a cheeseburger.

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