Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition arrives this November

Clear your schedule. Grand Theft Auto 3, Vice City, and San Andreas will be here (again) in a few weeks.

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When Rockstar Games finally confirmed that Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition was happening, the questions immediately shifted to when. Well, we now have a release date that players can mark on the calendars, and it’s sooner than you are probably expecting.

Today, Rockstar Games announced that Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition will arrive on digital storefronts on November 11, 2021. You can buy it on the PlayStation Store, Microsoft Store, Nintendo eShop, and the Rockstar Games Launcher. Those online stores will cover players on the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Nintendo Switch, and PC. If you’d rather have Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition in physical form, its physical release is planned for each of the above consoles mentioned, minus PlayStation 5 at this time, on December 7, 2021.

Officially announced earlier this October 2021, Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition will include Grand Theft Auto 3, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, and Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. Each game will feature modern controls inspired by Grand Theft Auto V, plus visual enhancements, and resolution upgrades. PC players will be happy to know that NVIDIA DLSS support will be coming to the PC version.

You can read even more of the finer details about the Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition over on the Rockstar Games website. You can also be certain that we’ll be diving in as soon as we can and providing our thoughts on three of the most iconic games from the Grand Theft Auto franchise. Mobile editions of Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition are also expected sometime in 2022 on iOS and Android. Stay tuned as we await concrete dates for that launch further down the line.

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      October 22, 2021 6:06 AM

      Hah that looks a lot better than I was expecting. Not sure how those games have aged compared to the modern ones, but might pick this up down the road on sale.

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      October 22, 2021 6:09 AM

      Awesome. It's good to see that they actually did put some effort into this.

      I'm curious how much of the soundtrack they've managed to keep in place.

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      October 22, 2021 6:10 AM

      Nice improvements. Bit more than I thought they were going to do. Wonder what DLSS will do? Make running them at 8k possible?

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        October 22, 2021 6:15 AM

        No swimming

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        October 22, 2021 6:29 AM

        Oh,wow. These are in the unreal engine.

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          October 22, 2021 6:43 AM

          that surprised me. would have thought they'd use their RAGE engine

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        October 22, 2021 6:33 AM

        Fuck yes, I can finally play Vice City

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        October 22, 2021 6:33 AM

        Wasn't expecting a release soo soon on this. While I do have great memories of the early GTA games I wonder how well they hold up now.

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          October 22, 2021 6:35 AM

          Imagine RDR2 and GTA V with worse gameplay and more unforgiving mission fail requirements

          And more escort missions

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        October 22, 2021 6:37 AM

        FYI San Andreas is going to be on gamepass and GTA III will be on PSN. Both on day one.

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          October 22, 2021 6:57 AM

          It's not PSN (which I take to mean Playstation Network), it's going to be on PS Now.

          GTA:SA will be on Game Pass on release day, November 11.

          GTA3 will be on PS Now on December 7th.

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            October 22, 2021 8:41 AM

            PS Now which is different than PS+ or whatever? It's all so confusing.

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              October 22, 2021 8:43 AM

              PS Now is PlayStation’s Game Pass equivalent, where up until recently you streamed all the games. Now I think PS3 stuff is still streamed, but PS4 are downloaded and played locally.

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                October 22, 2021 8:46 AM

                Ah, wasn't aware of those changes. The site does say over 300 PS4 games can be downloaded to PS4 & PS5 consoles, but PCs obviously can only stream them.

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              October 22, 2021 8:43 AM

              PS Now is Sony's streaming service, like Stadia, OnLive, Geforce Now, etc. https://www.playstation.com/en-us/ps-now/

              I'm surprised it's still going, honestly.

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          October 22, 2021 3:51 PM

          Perfect, San Andreas is best.

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        October 22, 2021 6:43 AM

        If it wasn't for their actions against the open source community, I'd be all over this. As it is, fuck 'em and fuck this release :(

        they C&D'd the open source engine rewrites so that they wouldn't compete against these rereleases

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        October 22, 2021 6:44 AM

        here we go again dot gif

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        October 22, 2021 6:45 AM

        wonder how gutted the soundtracks are

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          October 22, 2021 6:52 AM

          Thats my big concern

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          October 22, 2021 6:58 AM

          Ohh yah I kinda forgot about that!

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          October 22, 2021 7:25 AM

          Yeah I'm worried Vicy City is going to be ruined :(

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            October 22, 2021 7:29 AM

            Ah dang it that was one of the best parts of vice city.

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          October 22, 2021 7:54 AM

          I bet they won't be.

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            October 22, 2021 7:58 AM

            GTA3 is probably intact, they mention the soundtrack in its blurb. The others I imagine lost a bunch of songs due to licencing, but likely have new (era appropriate) tracks to fill some of the gaps.

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        October 22, 2021 6:55 AM

        I wonder if they were able to keep all the music in the games.

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        October 22, 2021 6:57 AM

        Eh I don't think I can go back to those graphics.

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          October 22, 2021 6:59 AM

          I think they look pretty good -- it looks like how I remember it, but obviously has been fixed up a lot. Things like cars have reflections, and characters aren't as blocky. I hope they managed to nail the lighting - especially in GTA:SA -- the lighting and haze in that game was magical at the time.

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        October 22, 2021 7:25 AM

        Love the look of this, the remaster makes it look a little like the earlier telltale games. They kept the style but definitely added and made it more like how you remember it being, rather than how it actually was. I was actually worried they would do too little, just up resolution and framerate, glad to be wrong. Hopefully as everyone said the soundtracks are in tact as they were just huge in conveying the atmosphere of the trilogy.

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        October 22, 2021 7:28 AM

        No mention of mission checkpoints :/

        These old ones are pretty brutal in that regard.

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          October 22, 2021 7:29 AM

          Mentionned here

          https://www.rockstargames.com/GTATrilogy

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          October 22, 2021 7:30 AM

          The ability to immediately restart a failed mission.

          I don't know if they checkpoint multi-tiered missions, I think no.

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          October 22, 2021 8:22 AM

          Yep, hard pass

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          October 22, 2021 2:21 PM

          This is actually the only thing I really care about above all else. The amount of time it took having to restart a mission from my safe house made me leave two of those games incomplete.

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        October 22, 2021 7:30 AM

        San Andreas free on game pass. Ps plus gets GTA 3

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        October 22, 2021 7:35 AM

        My favourite thing in GTA 3 was that they didn’t reset the mission area after starting a mission- so if you had a car chase mission you could block a street with a fire truck before starting the mission and totally fuck up the AI.

        I wonder if you can still do that

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        October 22, 2021 7:49 AM

        DLSS? Wild.

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        October 22, 2021 8:10 AM

        Would prefer them in the newer engine

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          October 22, 2021 8:30 AM

          You mean an actual remake in a new engine? These games are enhanced and now running in UE, but I'd assume more of a port or wrapper for the renderware originals with some upgrades, like the recent Doom releases running in Unity.

          The most interesting thing that I'm seeing here are the control changes: Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition debuts new GTAV-inspired modern controls - I want to see just how far they went with that and if it benefits the gameplay much at all. The shooting in those old games is pretty terrible.

          Also mention gyro aiming for the Switch.

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            October 22, 2021 8:31 AM

            0h, that’s too bad. Don’t think I need to go through them, too many newer cool games to check out.

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              October 22, 2021 8:35 AM

              I probably wouldn't even consider buying them unless the original soundtracks were intact, but I will definitely check out GTASA on Game Pass in November to see how it looks and plays.

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                October 22, 2021 8:36 AM

                It’s on gamepass? Could be worth trying there

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                  October 22, 2021 8:38 AM

                  Looks like just San Andreas coming to Game Pass:

                  Players will also be able to experience Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas – The Definitive Edition with Xbox Game Pass starting November 11.

                  Grand Theft Auto III – The Definitive Edition will be available on PlayStation Now starting December 7.
                  (PS Now is Sony's streaming service)


                  I thought this trilogy release would be a singular package of all three game, but it appears they're still separate. Boourns.

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                    October 22, 2021 9:12 AM

                    Maybe it means you can save some space and only install what you want to actually play.

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                October 22, 2021 9:17 AM

                After thinking it over, I may also consider grabbing them if each game had a lot more music than the originals added, even if some of the tracks from the initial releases were missing. If it's just the same amount or less, with some substitutions, then bleh.

                I still have those original games with the original soundtracks on disc, and there's a lot of tunes that I grew tired of after playing those games on PS2 & PC. Probably not the only one who eventually dropped my own tracks into the mix with the MP3 station feature on PC in these three.

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        October 22, 2021 11:30 AM

        Honestly... kinda excited for this... still looks pretty decent with that art style and updated post processing.

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        October 22, 2021 11:49 AM

        Man, the updated graphics look really nice. I like the slightly cartoony look they went with. Can't wait to fly a jumpjet over San Andreas again!

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      October 22, 2021 6:16 AM

      This looks great and all but it bugs me that they call it “Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy” when it doesn’t include GTA1 or GTA2. Yeah I know they mean the trilogy of games they made with the GTA3 engine but still.

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      October 22, 2021 6:24 AM

      #1 - Glad they gave the characters a sort of comic book / cell shaded look. Going realistic would have looked really jarring when they are bound by low-poly models.

      #2 - Got no real interest in this. I feel like the gameplay has not aged well, and you can get the experience in GTA V anyway.

      But the music is killer!

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        October 22, 2021 9:32 AM

        This about sums it up for me too. I played those games when they were new, putting hundreds of hours into them. Since then, games have gotten better, and I have way too much to play as it is, so it doesn't make sense to get into these again.

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