Rockstar Bringing PS2 Era Grand Theft Auto to Modern Systems, Delisting Old Digital Editions Next Week

The trilogy will be out on consoles this year, mobile in 2022.

After reports and rumors, Rockstar has officially announced it’s bringing Grand Theft Auto IIIGrand Theft Auto: Vice City, and Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas to modern systems by way of Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition.

The collection will come “soon” to PC, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, and Switch before year’s end, with a mobile version coming to iOS and Android in the first half of 2022. One thing worth noting is that, according to Game Informer, all existing versions of these games will be removed from digital stores next week, meaning the only way to buy any of these games will be digitally through the collection whenever it launches. So there’s an unknown window where people straight up won’t be able to buy digital copies of Grand Theft Auto III, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, and Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. When the collection is eventually out, it makes sense from a business standpoint, but the company has yet to explain what has been done with these ports to make them worth the double-dip. This might be a demonstrably better version of each game that Rockstar wants to be the one people buy, but right now we don’t know specifics beyond the vague “graphical and gameplay improvements.”

Much of that ambiguity is because the reveal doesn’t come with any footage of the games on modern hardware, as Rockstar made the announcement with a short teaser using art from each game.

In other Grand Theft Auto news, Grand Theft Auto V is on its way to modern platforms, as well, with PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S ports on the way in 2022.

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Kenneth Shepard

Kenneth is a Staff Writer at Fanbyte. He still periodically cries about the Mass Effect trilogy years after it concluded.

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