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The Grand Theft Auto series has been around for years and has a special place in the hearts of gamers. There have been no new installments to the series after GTA 5 being released and remastered for the newer-gen consoles, and GTA online, along with no sign of GTA 6, has left fans eager. The old 3D-Universe of the series has been special with GTA III, Vice City, and San Andreas. While fans have persuaded Rockstar for years for remasters, the call seems to be answered. There have been rumors about a Grand Theft Auto Trilogy remaster.
This started with Take-Two Interactive, Rockstar’s parent company issuing DMCA takedown requests to remove old Grand Theft Auto mods. On Twitter and the GTA Forums, gamers and mod developers began complaining that old Grand Theft Auto modifications for PC were being removed. Numerous modifications, including notable Vice City and San Andreas mods, were removed from ModDB. These included GTA: Liberty City, released in 2005 as an overhaul mod that converted GTA III to the Vice City engine. GTA Underground, a popular mod that attempted to integrate various GTA areas into one large game, was also removed. This led to the suspicion that something big was going on.
Following much anticipation and rumor, a recent report from Kotaku says that Rockstar Titles is remastering three old GTA games. According to the source, the newly remastered titles will be released this fall. While the article does not specify which games are in development, it does indicate that the remastered versions are currently in the final phases of creation. Despite the lack of confirmation, the three games will likely be GTA III, Vice City, and San Andreas. According to Kotaku, all three of these titles will be remastered using the Unreal Engine and include a combination of “new and old graphics.” It also has been claimed that the remastered version of the game resembles the graphic mods for the titles. The game’s UI is also being overhauled, although it will keep the same classic look from the original titles.
Rockstar Dundee, the Scottish outpost of the company, is reportedly working on the three remasters and assisting with the development of the next-generation GTA V ports, which are set to be released later this year. Rockstar Dundee is a newly purchased studio and was previously known as Ruffian Games. The studio has previously worked on Halo titles, The Master Chief Collection, Crackdown 2, Crackdown 3, etc. According to the source, the new titles might be released this year in late October or early November for the Sony PS4, PS5, and Microsoft Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, and the Nintendo Switch series. The games will also be available on PC, Google Stadia, and mobile devices. This will, at the very least, provide some fresh GTA gameplay later this year as GTA V is being ported again for the next-gen consoles. For the time being, this is only a rumor until formal information comes out.
There is also a rumor for the Red Dead fans about getting remaster for the Red Dead Redemption (2010). According to Kotaku, Rockstar wants to remaster additional titles, including Red Dead Redemption. The project for the remaster for RDR does not appear to be currently in production due to Rockstar waiting to see if they should proceed with this idea based on the success of the GTA trilogy.