In honor of the twentieth anniversary of Grand Theft Auto III the American publisher Rockstar Games announced the release of a collection of updated versions of the games in the series. In addition to GTA III the trilogy will include Grand Theft Auto: Vice City and Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.
The three original games were released in the first half of the 2000s. They are among the top five best-selling games on PlayStation.
Rockstar Games said in the announcement that GTA III inspired a generation of open-world games, and later GTA: Vice City and GTA: San Andreas cemented the series status as a cultural phenomenon.
The company promises that it has retained the atmosphere and classic design in the remasters, but they will be enhanced with visual and gameplay improvements. Rockstar Games is committed to providing details in the coming weeks.
Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy - The Definitive Edition will be released on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and Rockstar Star Launcher on PC. The collection will go on sale before the end of the year.
The company will remove older versions of the games from digital stores next week, and it also announced that Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy - The Definitive Edition will arrive on Android and iOS in the first half of 2022.
Publisher Take-Two Interactive, which owns Rockstar Games, sued several developers of the fan-reviewed GTA project in September. The plaintiffs believe the custom modifications contain original digital content that belongs to the publisher. The company is seeking compensation not to exceed $150,000 per game.
Previously, Take-Two demanded to remove nine modifications to the GTA from the Russian fan site LibertyCity. All of these additions, one way or another, moved the scene of Rockstar Games games in other projects of the company.
Gaming portal Kotaku revealed that the company is working on an updated GTA trilogy in August. According to the publication, the projects will use the Unreal Engine