Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition will replace the original entries on digital stores, encouraging new buyers.
Fans of the Grand Theft Auto trilogy games have banded together to encourage gamers to purchase the games on Steam. This initiative comes on the heels of the recent announcement of Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – Definitive Edition, a game that had been rumored for months.
Grand Theft Auto III, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, and Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, the first three 3D GTA games, have been hailed as some of the most seminal and groundbreaking entries in gaming. Rockstar also announced that the original GTA games would be removed from digital storefronts such as Steam and the PlayStation Store in conjunction with the announcement of this remastered trilogy. This means that players will soon be unable to download these original titles onto their PCs or consoles and will have to rely on the remastered collection to play these classic games.
Many fans appear to be dissatisfied with this change, according to Eurogamer. Many users have been flocking to Steam to discuss their comments and urge prospective customers to download these original GTA titles before they are delisted to improve their awareness. Reviewers have also used this opportunity to write love letters to the original versions of these games, waxing lyrical about what these titles have meant to them over the years.
When discussing how the Definitive Edition will improve on the original versions, Rockstar has been vague, preferring to use general, ambiguous language; the company has stated that the remasters will include graphical improvements and modern gameplay enhancements, but no actual new gameplay has been shown. Rockstar hasn’t said how much the remastered trilogy would cost, so it could end up being a more expensive version of the originals with minor or superficial changes. Fans of the original games may be concerned that Rockstar is simply milking its most successful IP, resulting in the current versions of these games being the best.
This could be a disastrous PR move for Rockstar, especially following the controversy over the GTA V next-gen trailer released last month. Fans chastised Rockstar for preparing to re-release that game with minor upgrades, so history may be repeating itself with this remastered trilogy sooner than planned. While these classic Grand Theft Auto games may use a refresh, anyone interested in playing them should grab the originals before it’s too late, even if to compare and contrast.
Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – Definitive Edition will be released in 2021 on PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, PC, and Nintendo Switch, as well as in the first half of 2022 on iOS and Android.