After months of rumors and speculations Kotaku learned from sources that Rockstar Games may be remastering three classics Grand Theft Auto Games. Right now, it seems that these games will be released later this fall for a variety of platforms, including the portable Nintendo Switch.
Over the past year, rumors have been circulating on Twitter, Reddit, and various message boards that Rockstar is working on remakes or remasters of the classic PS2 era Grand Theft Auto title. These rumors only grew in popularity when Rockstar’s parent company, Take-Two Interactive, DMCA deactivations used to remove classics GTA Modifications from the internet during announced that the publisher had three remastered games in development. While Kotaku cannot confirm what all of these teased remastered titles exactly are, we can confirm by confirmatory details from three sources that GTA Remasters that are currently in the final stages of development.
Kotaku contacted Rockstar about these revamped games and the future GTA
According to these sources, Rockstar is actively developing remastered versions of the Grand Theft Auto III, Grand Theft Auto Vice City, and Grand Theft Auto San Andreas. All three of these games will be remastered with the Unreal Engine and will be a mix of “new and old graphics”. A source who claims to have seen excerpts of the games in action said the graphics reminded them of a heavily modified version of a classic GTA Title. The game’s UI is also updated, but it keeps the same classic style. No gameplay details were disclosed, however Kotaku these remakes have been said to try to stay true to the PS2 era GTA Play as best you can.
Sources confirmed that Rock star Dundee, a Scottish outpost and one of the company’s newest studios, oversees development of the remakes. Another source stated that in addition to being heavily involved in the remasters, the studio is even helping Rockstar develop the next generation GTA V Ports to be released this year. This coincides with information I heard last year after the studio was bought by Rockstar Games
Plans to get this remastered GTA The titles have shifted quite a bit over the past year due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and this could go on until things are officially announced. Originally, it seemed like these remakes would be packaged together and given to players who bought this upcoming next-gen ports from GTA V and GTA Online as a kind of bonus or “thank you” from Rockstar. Then plans changed and the remastered trilogy was due to be released earlier this year. However, the plans have changed once again, and now the remastered titles will be released towards the end of October or beginning of November for PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X / S, Switch, PC, Stadia and mobile phones.
It seems that the PC and mobile ports could be pushed back into next year as Rockstar focuses on console port development first. While some might have expected Rockstar to keep these releases at bay, if not Released on the 20th anniversary of each game, sources told me this is not the current one to plan. Instead, all three games are to appear in a bundled package that can only be sold digitally.
For fans more interested in seeing other classic Rockstar games remastered and re-released, sources tell me that Rockstar has plans to develop new ports of games like Red Dead Redemption. But the future of these remastered games depends on how well those early re-releases sell.
For now, however, Rockstar is focused on remastering these three Grand Theft Auto Games out the door next to that GTA V Next generation ports. Dundee is at the forefront of development, and many other studios from Rockstar’s huge team are also involved in both projects. According to one source, anyone who endorses these titles is one of the main reasons behind this Red Dead Online has seen fewer and minor updates. But if that all works out, it could be a very exciting year for fans of classics GTA Games.