It’s a little hard to understate the context of Grand Theft Auto III’s release in 2001. The PlayStation 2 open world game essentially crafted a genre that’s become a major part of game design in the last two decades. It was the first time I remember a guest on The Tonight Show talk about a video game, even though the description of picking up a prostitute to later run them down and get your money back would make me cringe back into a fetus today.
But for as big a cultural impact as GTA3 — and its successor titles Vice City and San Andreas — were, they’re difficult to play on modern platforms, short of the somewhat archaic PC ports. It seems that Rockstar might be remedying that problem with an upcoming Grand Theft Auto collection, reported on by Kotaku.
According to Kotaku, Rockstar is preparing a collection of Grand Theft Auto III, Vice City, and San Andreas as a remastered collection for PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, PC, Stadia, mobile, and even Switch, making it the first Nintendo console to have a 3D Grand Theft Auto game of any stripe.
The updated games will reportedly have an updated user interface and slightly updated graphics, but will largely be faithful to the PS2 originals. An expected release is in October or November this year, so fairly soon from this date, indicating the likelihood of a digital-only release.