Grand Theft Auto 6 is quite clearly eating away at Rockstar Games’ timetable, true. Having said that, with numerous subsidiaries under its belt and an entire network of trusted partners within its grasp, it’s only natural for us to assume that there’s a little more wriggle room knocking about than what its figureheads let on. Knowing this, and how the top-shelf outfit has an enormous array of assets and what have you, we can’t help but ponder the question — what, if anything at all, will the firm rustle up next, if not an extension for the critically acclaimed GTA saga?
Whatever the case may be, it’s fair to say that we won’t be seeing any new remasters for quite some time yet. After all, with Grove Street Games, an underling of Rockstar, practically butchering the living daylights out of the Grand Theft Auto Trilogy a year or so back, it goes without saying that the powers that be are a little more, shall we say, cautious, than they were a few years ago. Even still, that doesn’t stop us from wanting more. Can’t blame us, mind you, what with the top-dollar studio having a multitude of award-winning IPs in its portfolio.
Anyway, as far as potential remasters go, there are at least a few that we’ve chalked up—few of which have every reason to be in line for some well overdue TLC. Here’s what we think could make the cut in the aftermath of Grand Theft Auto 6’s global takeover.
5. Bully 2
Given the fact that Rockstar Games had already lay the groundwork for a sequel to 2006’s Bully quite some time ago, and not to mention a stable seven-hour prototype, no less, it makes sense that the studio would look to return to it at some point. After all, with the characters, setting, and gameplay features already plotted out, it’s definitely one of the team’s easiest targets — even in 2023, when the data hasn’t been touched for several years or so. But as for whether they’ll pick up the slack and run with it or start over from scratch is still, rather annoyingly, anybody’s guess.
Whatever the situation is, it’s fair to say that Bully 2 is one of the most sought-after sequels of all time — and not to mention one of Rockstar’s wasted opportunities that’s been laying dormant for far too long. If Rockstar does decide to return to it, of course, then we can expect to see it at some stage in 2025, at the very earliest. Don’t count your chickens, though.
4. The Warriors
Arguably one of the most requested remasters of all time, The Warriors continues to fortify its place on the docket, and understandably so, given the fact that it was one of Rockstar Games’ heyday originals. To be honest, not a whole lot has changed since the first requests for a remaster came afloat over a decade ago; they’re actually still surprisingly present, if you’re able to brush over all the noise surrounding Grand Theft Auto 6. But does this mean we’ll be seeing the delinquents of Coney Island reborn again soon? It’s hard to say.
The Warriors has often be praised as one of the best video game adaptations ever created, and rightly so, as it tapped into all the same strengths that brought the 1979 movie to its cult classic status. Billed with an open world playground, as well as several beat ‘em up episodes and criminal activities to boot, the 2005 gem went on to score monumentally high scores all across the board. Does this justify a remake, let alone a remaster? Well, you’d have thought so — though clearly not so much in the eyes of its creators, apparently.
3. Red Dead Redemption
Contrary to popular belief, there isn’t, in fact, a remastered version of Red Dead Redemption knocking about, but an overpriced port of it for PS4 and Nintendo Switch. Given the fact that this is nearly everything we didn’t want from the 2010 original, nor the picture-perfect reunion we had in mind, fans have every reason to wager their disappointment right about now. Will Rockstar aim to rectify this and give long-time supporters something to finally rejoice over? Again, it’s hard to say.
It’s bound to happen sooner or later, in all fairness, what with Red Dead Redemption 2 being billed as one of the best video games of all time. Plus, if The Last of Us Part 1 is anything to go by, then honestly, Rockstar Games would be pretty foolish to pass up such an opportunity.
2. Grand Theft Auto IV
Grand Theft Auto IV has long been hailed as the gloomier poster child of the franchise, and rightly so. Although somewhat overshadowed by the fifth game and its bottomless abyss of next-gen online content, the demand for a remake or remaster of the fourth is still just as present today as it was well over a decade ago. What stings here is that Rockstar, rather sadly, had already laid out the plans to act on the idea, before ultimately deciding to pour all of its efforts into the development of Grand Theft Auto 6.
There’s still time yet, however it’s unlikely that we’ll be seeing Grand Theft Auto IV again for another year or so. If all goes according to plan with the sixth mainline entry, then who knows — perhaps we’ll see Liberty City in all its glory again just in time for 2025?
1. Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories & Vice City Stories
There was a peculiar time—somewhere between the fall of Grand Theft Auto 3 and Grand Theft Auto IV—where Rockstar aimed to experiment with a couple of spin-offs for handheld devices. Fast-forward a decade or so, and those two products of experimentation, Liberty City Stories, and Vice City Stories, eventually found their ways to both Android and iOS. Could they come to surface on modern consoles as a two-for-one package, similar to that of the Grand Theft Auto Trilogy? Meh — we have our suspicions.
Granted, Liberty City Stories and its Vice City counterpart never quite reached the cult status that their mainline entries found during their time. Even still, both open world entries brought all the same key ingredients, including top-tier storytelling, captivating characters, and highly entertaining yet ridiculously turbulent gameplay mechanics. Does this warrant a remaster? Absolutely. Is it likely to happen at any point in the next several years? Probably not. Still, one can dream.
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