Watch: First trailer for the ‘GTA remastered trilogy’ launching November 11th
Rockstar Games has released a trailer for the remastered Grand Theft Auto trilogy, which includes GTA III, Vice City, and San Andreas, highlighting significant graphics and quality-of-life enhancements made to each game.
The Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy — The Definitive Edition compilation will be available digitally for $59.99 (£54.99) on November 11th. They’ll be available to play on the Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 and 5, Xbox One and the newer Series X/S consoles, and PC via the Rockstar Games Launcher. It will be available for iOS and Android in the first half of 2022. It will be available in physical form on December 7th. It has developed a website where you can find out more information.
On launch day, Xbox Game Pass customers will have immediate access to Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas — The Definitive Edition. On December 7th, Grand Theft Auto III: The Definitive Edition will be available on PlayStation Now.
Grove Street Titles remastered each of these games, which look to have gone to great lengths to make them far prettier and more fun than their PS2 versions. According to Rockstar, it used Unreal Engine and a “fully revamped” lighting system, and the graphical upgrades appear to affect almost every aspect of the games. Improved shadows, weather, and reflections, as well as updated character and vehicle models, are among the features mentioned in Rockstar’s press release. Increased draw distances, smoother surfaces, and “better resolution textures across buildings, weaponry, highways, interiors, and more” are among the changes.
Rockstar Games revealed that the controls in each game are inspired by Grand Theft Auto V. That alone should do a lot of work in making these games feel more current. Each game’s targeting and lock-on aiming has been completely revamped. In terms of interfaces, each game has new weapon and radio station wheels, as well as new mini-maps that allow players to establish waypoints and locations.
There are also some platform-specific additions. Rockstar integrated gyroscopic aiming to the Nintendo Switch, and you can use its touchscreen to zoom or pan with the camera and make menu selections. The PC edition (a 45GB download) includes Nvidia’s DLSS technology, which allows games to run a little faster on a wider range of graphics cards without sacrificing visual quality.
This latest tidbit of information comes on the 20th anniversary of Grand Theft Auto III on the PlayStation 2. The $59.99 price tag may surprise some, but the enhancements appear to be worth it for aficionados. Nonetheless, if you’re a Game Pass or PlayStation Now subscriber, you already know you’ll be able to play some of the games in the collection for free.