Rockstar Games studio Dundee is working on remastered versions of three classics from the PS2 era Grand Theft Auto titles: Grand Theft Auto 3, Grand Theft Auto Vice City, and Grand Theft Auto San Andreas, Kotaku reports. A release in late October or early November would be tentatively scheduled for the titles, which could eventually release on PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X and S, Switch, PC, Stadia and mobile phones.
Rumors of the remastered titles have been circulating for some time, but this month Rockstar Games parent company Take-Two Interactive confirmed plans to release “three out of the blue»Iterations of old games, alongside current generation ports of GTA V, GTA Online, and Kerbal space program. However, given Take-Two’s library of games, these three unannounced remasters could include anything from Bio-shock To Max Payne, or Bully.
According to Kotaku, the three RGT games are remastered in Unreal Engine, with one source commenting that they look like heavily modified versions of existing titles. The gameplay is said to stay true to the originals, while their user interface should also retain their classic style. The release of games would have changed a lot due to the pandemic, but the current plan would be a simultaneous digital release for all three titles on most platforms this year, PC and mobile will follow in 2022.
A spokesperson for Rockstar Games did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The publisher is also planning a remaster of the original. Red Dead Redemption if the remastered trilogy is selling well.
Rockstar’s PS2-era trilogy defined a generation of open-world games and were three of the console’s biggest games. While all three feature independent worlds and storylines, they are part of the same shared universe, with some characters appearing in all three games. In addition to the trilogy, Rockstar has also released two PSP games set in the same cities (one in GTA3‘s Liberty City and one in Vice City), which were later ported to traditional consoles.