Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition is real. Rockstar Games has finally confirmed a collection of GTA remasters. We also have a release date and a new trailer packed with gameplay. After a series of leaks and a ton of speculation (in addition to legions of fans begging for details about GTA 6), Rockstar will finally be giving fans the pack they’ve been waiting for. Plus, it’s just in time for Grand Theft Auto III’s 20th anniversary.
Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy brings Grand Theft Auto III, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, and Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas together in one package. While there is still no real news on Grand Theft Auto VI, this news is enough to get people excited about the future of Grand Theft Auto at Rockstar.
These three classic GTA games have never looked so good before, and based on confirmed improvements, they have never played so well either. If you absolutely can’t wait to take your favorite GTA titles one more spin, read on to learn everything we know about Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition.
Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy Latest News (Updated October 22)
Grand Theft Auto: the release date of the trilogy
Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy is set to hit digital store shelves on November 11, with a physical release to follow on December 6.
The collection – which includes Grand Theft Auto III, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, and Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas – will launch on PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and PC via the Rockstar Games Launcher.
The collection will also debut on mobile devices in the first half of 2022. A standalone version of GTA: San Andreas launches for Xbox Game Pass on November 11, with a standalone version of GTA 3 on PlayStation Now on December 7. This suggests that all three games will also be sold separately at launch or at a later date. .
Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy Trailer
In addition to confirming that GTA: The Trilogy was real, Rockstar released a trailer. This nostalgic-packed video doesn’t feature any gameplay, but it’s certainly a great staging. Anyone who likes any of the games in the collection should give them a watch.
This week, Rockstar finally gave us our first look at GTA: The Trilogy, thanks to a short (but oh so sweet) gameplay trailer. This one-minute video showcases a host of improvements to all three games in the trilogy and is our best look at the latest GTA collection.
Grand Theft Auto: The Gameplay Of The Trilogy
GTA: The Trilogy will bring a series of gameplay improvements to these classic games to make them more accessible to modern players. After all, GTA 3 is now 20 years old and it can be difficult to revert to old games in the series after spending hundreds of hours playing GTA 5.
Rockstar detailed the full list of changes in a blog post, but the biggest improvement seems to be “Grand Theft Auto V-style controls and targeting” in all three games. This means that there is no more acceleration with the facial buttons. If you’ve played a modern GTA, the improved control scheme should instantly feel familiar.
There will also be updated weapon / radio selection wheels, along with an improved mini-map that’s easier to read and lets you set custom waypoints. One announcement that has thrilled die-hard GTA fans is the confirmation that you’ll be able to instantly restart failed missions. This was sorely lacking in the original versions of all three games.
Nintendo Switch players will have a few additional play options. You’ll be able to control the camera and navigate menus using the system’s touchscreen, and gyro aiming will be included just like in games like Splatoon 2.
It doesn’t look like any of the three titles feature some form of brand new content. However, given that the collection is made up of three full games, there is still more than enough content here to keep you busy for dozens of hours.
Grand Theft Auto: the visuals of the trilogy
GTA: The Trilogy isn’t a full-scale remake of those classic open-world games, but they’ve all received enough spit and polish to be significantly better than their original counterparts.
Rockstar has confirmed that all three games will receive higher resolution textures. This will give everything from character models to vehicles a whole new level of detail. The lighting system has also been completely overhauled with improved shadows, reflections, and more.
The effects of weather and water have been improved, and there are enchanted details in the trees and foliage. It’s small improvements that will make a big difference. Not to mention an increased draw distance, this will likely be more noticeable in the sprawling world of GTA: San Andreas.
On PS5, Xbox Series X, and PC, games will run at 4K resolution with “up to 60 fps” performance. Unfortunately, on the less powerful Nintendo Switch, the collection is capped at 30 fps.
It is still very evident that these games are not 2021 releases, but the improvements made are more substantial than expected. Once we get our hands on these improved versions, we’re not sure if we can go back and play the originals.
Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy Platforms
Rockstar Games has made it clear that they want everyone to be able to enjoy Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy when it launches later this year. The collection will be available on PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X | S, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Rockstar Games Launcher on PC, iOS and Android.
Rockstar hasn’t discussed whether GTA: The Trilogy will support features like the PS5 DualSense Controller Adaptive Triggers or the Xbox Series X | S Quick Recap. Hopefully this information will be provided before launch.
Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy Perspectives
Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition seems to be good news for fans of the series. Still, Rockstar has yet to divulge any additional information about GTA 6, which can’t help but feel a little underwhelming. Either way, it’s good to see all kind of “new” content from the franchise.
This collection seems to offer a graphic and gameplay overhaul that is stronger than we initially expected. It’s arguably not as good as a new game, but it’s still something that should put a silver lining in the eyes of die-hard GTA fans. And for once it’s not a “let’s go” situation, some more GTA Online updates.