Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – Definitive Edition is real, and it will be out later this year. The trilogy, made up of Grand Theft Auto 3, GTA: Vice City, and GTA: San Andreas, will feature “across the board upgrades including graphical improvements and modern gameplay enhancements” to all three games, but Rockstar promised that they would also do the original. Maintain the “classic look and feel” of the games. It’s not much to go on, but Rockstar said further details will be revealed “in the coming weeks.”
One aspect of the announcement that could prove controversial is that, ahead of the release of Definitive Edition, Rockstar is going to begin removing original versions of all three games from digital storefronts next week. Naturally, this leads to the question of how people who already have one or more games will be affected: the hope will be that they’ll automatically upgrade, but we’ll have a little to see. Will have to wait how it shakes out.
I hope we don’t have to wait much longer. Rockstar noted in the announcement that October is “a very special anniversary” for Grand Theft Auto 3: specifically, it is October 22, the 20th anniversary of GTA 3’s release.
GTA: Vice City and San Andreas are great games, but Grand Theft Auto 3 was the real groundbreaker: the game that took GTA from top-down mayhem to a third-person open world, setting a template for countless games to follow. .
We said in a 2015 retrospective, “GTA 3’s impact on the culture and landscape of videogames is nearly impossible to quantify.” “Massive open-world games that were brazenly relegated to it were released in its wake. It defined the language and design staples of the genre, and they are still in use today.”
GTA Online will also see the release of exclusive gear, including commemorative clothing and clothing, in celebration of Grand Theft Auto 3’s 20th anniversary, which will be available through in-game events held throughout the fall.