The GTA Remastered Trilogy Sure Seems Imminent Now

Last month, we reported that Rockstar Games was planning to release a collection of remastered versions of some classic Grand Theft Auto titles later this year. Now it appears that the (still unofficially announced) collection has received an age rating in Korea. This lines up with new information Kotaku has heard about the upcoming GTA trilogy rerelease.
As spotted by Nibel on Twitter, a new GTA collection title appeared in the Game Rating and Administration Committee database. The GRAC is the South Korean governmental group responsible for reviewing and rating video games. Earlier today, a new database entry was published for something called “Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition.

In August, Kotaku reported that Rockstar Games was developing a remastered GTA collection featuring three PS2-era titles: GTA III, Vice City, and San Andreas. This confirmed long-standing fan rumors surrounding the older Grand Theft Auto games. Kotaku learned the collection would be released later this year on PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, and Switch. PC and mobile ports would follow in 2022. The new collection is being developed by Rockstar Dundee, a Scottish studio and one of the newest to join Rockstar Games’ vast, global network of devs.

The name that appears in the GRAC rating board database is interesting as it seems to be referencing a previous Rockstar release: Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy. This was a 2006 collection released for PS2, Xbox, PC, and later PS3.

As reported back in August, Kotaku was told that plans around these remastered GTA games had shifted and changed quite a lot over the last year. Originally, the plan was to release them in October or early November. But Kotaku has heard from sources that the plan has shifted once again and now Rockstar plans to release the trilogy in November.

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Earlier this month, Rockstar Games announced that the PS5 and Xbox Series X/S ports of GTA V were delayed. Instead of releasing in November as originally planned, the enhanced and expanded port of GTA V (which includes GTA Online) is now set to launch in March 2022. Some fans feared that this delay signaled that the remastered trilogy would also slip into 2022. But Kotaku has been told that, at least for now, that’s not the plan. With GTA V’s next-gen ports moving out of November, it makes sense that Rockstar would shift plans around the trilogy to take advantage of that month.

Also, something to remember is that GTA III’s 20 year anniversary is October 22 and Rockstar has teased around that time it will have “fun surprises to share.” Could that be a remastered version of GTA III and two other popular PS2-era GTA games? We won’t have to wait long to find out.
i hope people who weren’t “there” for these releases in their day get to enjoy these games, but i can’t imagine going back and really enjoying these three. i thought for sure playing san andreas would be a hoot, but even with the nostalgia it played too dated for me. couldn’t imagine how poorly III holds up.
eager to hear what “remastered” means in practice.

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