Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition (though that title is uh, questionable all things considered) launched last week to a myriad of technical issues, and was even delisted from some platforms as Rockstar assessed the damage. The internet reacted as the internet does, and now Rockstar has released a statement about both the remasters’ poor state, and the response that fans have directed at developers at the company.
The message was posted to Rockstar’s official site, and explained the team has plans to update the game and address technical issues people have been having with the remasters since launch (notably, you can address some of them now with mods). In the meantime, the company is also relisting the original versions of Grand Theft Auto III, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, and Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas to the Rockstar Store. Anyone who bought The Definitive Edition will have access to these games free of charge up until June 30 of next year. The original versions of all these games were delisted on digital storefronts to make way for the remasters, though given the state the collection launched in, that was far from ideal.
Rockstar’s statement also brings up harassment its workers have been experiencing on social media in the wake of the launch, and said in the gentlest way possible for those responsible to fuck off.
In the meantime, it pains us to mention that we are hearing reports of members of the development teams being harassed on social media. We would kindly ask our community to please maintain a respectful and civil discourse around this release as we work through these issues.
Plenty of video games launch in busted states, and Rockstar does acknowledge at the end that people have “justifiably high standards” when it comes to the ones they buy. But keep in mind that the reasons games launch in states like this is lnot the fault of the programmer you found on Twitter, but instead of higher-ups who give developers impossible deadlines and push products out the door like this.