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Rockstar Has Finally Upgraded The Grand Theft Auto Trilogy — And It’s Coming Later This Year

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Well, it seems as though all the hustle and bustle over the Grand Theft Auto trilogy will finally amount to something, with Rockstar now officially putting the the renowned games under the hammer for a tweak or two over the coming months. That, of course, means that later this year, Grand Theft Auto III, Vice City and San Andreas with launch under one upgraded banner, finally giving players what they’ve wanted for nearly two decades.

Okay, so this isn’t technically the first time we’ve seen one of the older Grand Theft Auto games go under the hammer. In fact, we’ve seen plenty of talented folk revamp all the older chapters and serve them up on a silver platter over the years. But those folks were modders, and Rockstar pretty much destroyed said silver platters with a mallet. Quite a few times, actually.

Anyway, the good news is Rockstar is finally sewing together the trio of games, with an expected launch date later this year. As for the concrete time and date of the release — we’re not entirely sure — though with Grand Theft Auto 3‘s twentieth anniversary set for October 22nd, we’re definitely putting our money on an update of some sort for then. But you’ll have to take that one with a grain of salt, I’m afraid.

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Grand Theft Auto III turns 20 on October 22nd. A perfect time to make a sneaky announcement, no doubt. Here’s hoping, anyway.

Rockstar announced the news on their website earlier today…

“In honor of the upcoming anniversary, today we are excited to announce that all three games will be coming to current generation platforms later this year in Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition for PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and the Rockstar Games Launcher on PC.”

Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition will feature across-the-board upgrades including graphical improvements and modern gameplay enhancements for all three titles, while still maintaining the classic look and feel of the originals. We’re extremely excited to share more about these groundbreaking titles in the coming weeks — stay tuned!”

Sadly, with the collection of enhanced games well under way, Rockstar has made the decision to pull the current editions from all digital stores. So, unless you’ve already purchased them, then you’ll soon be losing access to the older copies from next week. But with the enhanced copies right around the corner — that’s not exactly a bad thing. Not for most, anyway.

Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – Definitive Edition is due to release later this year. It will also launch on iOS and Android during the first half of 2022, according to Rockstar.

So, what are you waiting for? You can still get your hands on the original versions of the three games until next week. You can follow the updates for the upcoming collection over on Rockstar’s official social handle here. We’ll be covering whatever the team puts up on the 22nd — so keep your eyes peeled!

 

Jord is an aspiring journalist and self-published author, as well as a lover of all things gaming and media.