GTA Trilogy Definitive Edition has today been confirmed as being available digitally on November 11th, via the usual digital stores, including the Rockstar Games Launcher for PC, while December 7th will see a physical release for Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PlayStation 4. Personally, I was really hoping (and expecting) PS5 – unless the PS4 also upgrades to PS5 automatically, same as the Xbox version will work on whichever of the modern Xbox systems you have.
Comprising the genre-defining Grand Theft Auto III, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, and Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition includes new versions of all three titles available together and enhanced for a new generation.
Please read on for feature details on Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition, along with its brand-new site, as well as information on GTAIII-themed commemorative bonuses in GTA Online and more.
And in honor of the 20th Anniversary of Grand Theft Auto III, attached please find a quote from Aaron Garbut, Head of Development and Co-Studio Head of Rockstar North, on Grand Theft Auto III’s impact on the evolution of Rockstar Games.
n Grand Theft Auto III and its impact on the evolution of Rockstar Games:
“GTAIII helped clarify our approach to making games, and it’s something that has stuck with us in every game we make, from GTAIII through
to GTAV, the Red Dead Redemption series and everything else: we are focused on building worlds – and on making these worlds as believable,
detailed, interesting, varied and alive as possible. We want to make worlds that you feel like you are living in, that feel dynamic and filled
with other characters. Where it’s not just a façade that comes alive around you and for you, but as real a place as we can manage, and one
that is filled with stories, characters, events and fun, interesting things to do.”
Aaron Garbut, Head of Development, Co-Studio Head
Trailer embed can be found below – trailer files and additional quotes are available upon request.
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GTA Trilogy – of the Grand Theft Auto Trilogy to give it the full title – is coming to PC and all consoles later this year, and will comprise of the Grand Theft Auto III (making its 20th Anniversary this year), Grand Theft Auto: Vice City and Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, but bear in mind, the digital releases of the original versions of these games are being removed from sale next week. I already have them in my Steam library, so get them before they disappear!
The press release reads as follows:
Later this month marks a very special anniversary for Rockstar Games: 20 years since the original release of Grand Theft Auto III — the game that set players loose in the sprawling, three-dimensional metropolis of Liberty City with a new and unprecedented sense of freedom and immersion. In addition to carving a new path for the open world genre, Grand Theft Auto III established Grand Theft Auto as a cultural phenomenon, alongside its two subsequent — and equally legendary — entries in the series, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, and Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.
We’d like to extend a heartfelt thank you to all the Grand Theft Auto fans who have supported the games over the past two decades. Your love and appreciation for these games has helped push the Grand Theft Auto series forward with every iteration.
In honor of the upcoming anniversary, today we are excited to announce that all three games will be coming to current generation platforms later this year in Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition for PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and the Rockstar Games Launcher on PC. Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition will feature across-the-board upgrades including graphical improvements and modern gameplay enhancements for all three titles, while still maintaining the classic look and feel of the originals. We’re extremely excited to share more about these groundbreaking titles in the coming weeks — stay tuned!
To prepare for launch, we will begin removing existing versions of the classic titles from digital retailers next week. For more information, please visit Rockstar Games Support. In addition, Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition will be coming to iOS and Android in the first half of 2022.
Plus, as part of the 20th anniversary celebration for GTAIII, look for a cavalcade of special gear to collect in Grand Theft Auto Online throughout upcoming events this Fall, including commemorative clothing and liveries.
We’ll have more details on how to acquire these in the weeks ahead as part of our ongoing events in GTA Online. This month’s GTA Online events will also have some special surprises — including the upcoming possibility of some unusual activity occurring in and around Southern San Andreas…
We are also continuing to improve and evolve GTA Online. As you may have noticed, we recently began cycling select Adversary Modes and Player Jobs in and out of the game. GTA Online offers a hugely diverse array of gameplay, hosting over 1,000 Rockstar-created Jobs and tens of millions more player-created Jobs since launch. By beginning to cycle the Rockstar-created Jobs in and out of the game over time, not only will we be freeing up space for new missions and modes in the future, but we are also improving the game’s matchmaking by focusing the community on a more streamlined list of Jobs from week-to-week.
This will also allow us to bring back Jobs at various times for special or seasonal events and help reduce some of the lesser-liked Jobs, as well as helping surface some of our slept-on classics or the community’s quirkier favorites alongside special bonuses, like this past week’s return of Offense Defense, Sumo, and more.
We are also looking at ways to improve the GTA Online experience for new and returning players in the upcoming release of GTA Online for the PS5 and Xbox Series X|S next March – stay tuned to the Rockstar Newswire for details on this and more information about the expanded and enhanced releases of GTAV and GTA Online in the months to come.
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