Rockstar has announced that Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition will be released digitally on November 11, with physical releases to follow on December 7. The news comes alongside a first look at the updated versions of the three classic games. The Trilogy costs $59.99 USD / £54.99.
The three remasters included – GTA 3, GTA: Vice City, and GTA: San Andreas – have been created for modern platforms in Unreal Engine by Grove Street Games, which previously worked on the mobile ports for GTA 3, Vice City, and San Andreas, as well as the PS3 and 360 versions of the latter. The trilogy is initially coming to PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC via the Rockstar Games Launcher.
Rockstar says the games come with a "completely rebuilt lighting system; improved shadows, weather, and reflections; upgraded character and vehicle models; along with new higher resolution textures across buildings, weapons, roads, interiors, and more." Draw distances have been improved, new foliage has been added, and surfaces have been smoothed.
Rockstar has explained that all three games also feature quality-of-life improvements such as updated controls inspired by GTA 5, "improvements to targeting and lock-on aiming, updated Weapon and Radio Station Wheels, updated Mini-Maps with enhanced navigation allowing players to set waypoints to destinations, updated Achievements, Trophies, and more." You'll also be able to immediately restart a failed mission, cutting out major points of frustration from the originals.
The Switch version of the game will include gyro aiming, as well as touchscreen support. The PC version will also support Nvidia DLSS. PS5 and Xbox Series X versions of the games will display at 4K, with up to 60 FPS performance.
While not confirmed at time of writing, the games will potentially be released individually as well as part of a collection – San Andreas – The Definitive Edition will launch into Xbox Game Pass on November 11, while GTA 3 – The Definitive Edition will be added to PlayStation Now on December 7.
Physical releases of the trilogy will come to Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PlayStation 4. No mention of a PS5 physical version has been made, although the PS4 version will almost certainly be compatible with PS5. No release date has been announced for the promised mobile versions of the games.
After months of rumours, Rockstar finally confirmed the trilogy of remasters earlier in October. Ahead of the release, Rockstar removed previous versions of all three games from digital storefronts, a decision which left many fans conflicted.