Recent reports coming in from across the games industry, has highlighted claims that a Grand Theft Auto remastered trilogy is underway – which will include fully remastered versions of the Vice City, GTA 3, and San Andreas games. The report also indicates that Nintendo Switch versions will be coming, which will mark the first ever Grand Theft Auto release on the Switch, as well as the first GTA franchise release on a Nintendo device since Chinatown Wars on the Nintendo DS.
Ofcourse, the remastered trilogy is not just underway for the Switch and is set to be released on the usual other platforms including PC, PlayStation, and Xbox, as well as a reported mobile release. The report gathers intel from sources that Rockstar Games, the developers behind the GTA franchise, will remaster the games in the Unreal Engine and shall include a blend of “new and old graphics”.
The report also further notes that the Scottish branch of Rockstar Games, Rockstar Dundee, is leading the remastered project and seeks to release the games sometime this year in the fall. Speculations regarding remastered versions of the games have been underway for years, as fans wish to play classics such as San Andreas with improved visual aesthetics and gameplay.
Fans have attempted to create ‘remastered’ modifications to the games; but Rockstar games has issued DMCA takedowns to said projects – only fueling the speculations that official remasters were on the horizon.
According to reports, fans should expect to see the remastered versions of their favorite classic GTA games “around late October or early November”, to be released on Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, PS4, PS5, PC, Stadia, mobile devices, and on Switch platforms. Do take this information with a grain of salt however, as with the current delays various other sectors are seeing due to the ongoing pandemic, these could get delayed.
Furthermore, Switch releases usually are followed up a few months after PC and Xbox/PS releases – as developers oftentimes prioritise the ‘more worthy’ platforms. So, in reality, we might not see a Switch platform release at the same time as the more powerful console counterparts or on PC.
These rumours are definitely stories to get excited for, as fans have desperately wanted remastered versions of these three old GTA games in particular. Let’s just hope we can see them sometime soon!