Grand Theft Auto Remastered TrilogyGrand Theft Auto Remastered Trilogy is going to make new changes in it. Ever since the Nintendo Switch launched, plenty has hoped for some Grand Theft Auto port on the system, with plenty wondering whether Grand Theft Auto V would make its way to the hybrid system.
However, now Kotaku has shared a report suggesting another long-rumored release is on the way to Switch and other systems.
Grand Theft Auto Remastered Trilogy is on fire.
The report states that a GTA Remastered Trilogy is nearing the end of development, with Switch supported by other consoles, PCs, and even mobile. The games included are Grand Theft Auto III, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, and Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, with the remaster project using a mix of new and old assets through Unreal Engine.
The studio reportedly in charge of the project is Rockstar Dundee, Ruffian Games before the acquisition, a team with a track record of major releases and remaster work. Like many projects, it’s apparently endured some delays and changes of the plan over the past year, with the report stating that a late October / November release is now on the cards. Supposedly the trilogy will come in one complete package, potentially as a download-only product.
For the past year, rumors have swirled on Twitter, Reddit, and various message boards that Rockstar is working on remakes or remasters of classic, PS2-era Grand Theft Auto titles. These rumors only grew in popularity as Rockstar’s parent company, Take-Two Interactive, used DMCA takedowns to remove classic GTA mods from the internet while announcing that the publisher had three remastered games in development. While Kotaku can’t confirm what all of those teased remastered titles specifically are, we can confirm via corroborating details from three sources that GTA remasters are currently in the final stages of development.
Kotaku has reached out to Rockstar about these remastered games and future GTA re-releases. But our sources have, so far, had reliable track records that have alerted us to updates in GTA Online and Red Dead Online weeks, if not months in advance.
According to these sources, Rockstar is actively developing remastered versions of Grand Theft Auto III, Grand Theft Auto Vice City, and Grand Theft Auto San Andreas. All three of these games are being remastered using Unreal Engine and will mix “new and bold graphics.” One source who claims to have seen a snippet of the games in action said that the visuals reminded them of a heavily modded version of a classic GTA title.
The UI for the games is being updated too but will retain the same classic style. They shared no details about gameplay, but Kotaku has been told these remastered titles are trying to stay true to the PS2-era GTA games as much as possible.
The Bottom Line
One of Kotaku’s sources told the publication that they saw footage of the remasters running and that the graphics reminded them of a heavily modded version of a classic GTA game. The UI is being remastered for each game, too, although the classic style and design will remain the same. According to Kotaku, these titles hope to “stay true to the PS2-era GTA games as much as possible.”
Elsewhere in the report, Kotaku says these remasters were originally going to come packaged with the next-gen ports of GTA 5 and GTA Online as a bonus but plans changed, and the trilogy was converted into its own standalone package, set to be released earlier this year. The remastered trilogy is due out this Fall, “around late October or early November,” according to Kotaku. The trilogy will be released on Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, PS4, PS5, PC, Stadia, mobile devices, and Switch.
However, Kotaku’s report states the console ports are being prioritized and that the PC and mobile ports could be released next year as a result.