Rumours regarding a supposed Grand Theft Auto collection have been swirling for years now — some kind of remastering project that revives Rockstar classics from the PlayStation 2 era. Alas, none of these rumours have actually led to any concrete evidence — but a new report from Kotaku, based on three different sources, says that the Grand Theft Auto remasters are real.
According to the report, the remastered games are in the final stages of development. Three titles are apparently being remastered: Grand Theft Auto III, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, and Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. What's more, they're being remastered using Unreal Engine, with a mix of "new and old graphics".
One source says that the games look like heavily modded versions of classic GTA games, and apparently, even the user interface has been updated in all three titles, with their old style intact. In terms of gameplay, Rockstar is supposedly staying as true to the original games as possible.
As for potential release dates, Kotaku writes that the remasters are set to launch later this year, in late October or early November, for both PS5 and PS4.
What do you make of this? Would you replay the PS2 GTA trilogy? Floor it in the comments section below.
I mean, I doubt it. It would be cool though.
Hmm probably Vice City when the original soundtrack is largely included.
Would be nice if true and if there's an actual Switch port, I'd get the them there
@Reeneman That’s the problem, last time they ‘remastered’ these games they looked like crap since they targeted mobile and they removed most of the songs. If this is using Unreal and coming to mobile and Switch then I’m not sure it’s really worth getting that excited over when they’re already available on PS4.
Removed - unconstructive
I’ll just buy them all for the 20th time regardless. Haha.
Lol I just bought the trilogy during the sale. Gameplay definitely hasn't aged well so some modernization would be welcomed.
I will play San Andreas until the end of time. It would be cool if it had an online mode as well
N.i.c.e. 3 of the best games ever made .im down with it.word up son
Only one I'd want to revisit would be San Andreas honestly. Though I'd probably scoop it up when it hits 20 bucks in a few years if the rumor pans out.
If it included the PSP Stories games too I'd be interested as I never played Liberty City Stories and while I did play Vice City Stories its pretty hard to find a copy these days. If just the 3 main games I'll probably pass as I already own them on PS4 and no gameplay enhancements would be disappointing.
Day 1 if they're real. Even if they look like early PS4 games I'd be happy. I haven't played them since my PS2.
@ShogunRok Which Of The 3 Is Your Favorite?
Awesome, these games have obviously aged poorly but they're still classics. Hopefully Liberty City Stories, Vice City Stories, and Chinatown Wars follow.
And Red Dead Redemption. And Bully. And...
@thehappyaerithch excatly! We shall see if anything comes of this but I'm interested to see where this takes off!
Throw in GTA 1 and we've got a deal
@Marios-love-child GTA 2 and 1 remake would be sweet like Chinatown 😁😁
Pretty cool if true. I really just want to play gta 4 on my ps5 though..
Free upgrades if you already own?
I get what they're doing. They are gonna wrap these with the PS5 upgrade of GTAV into some kind of package which is foolish. I would pay $70 for a decent Vice City remaster alone.
@3Stock_Samwise complete edition on ps4 and ps5! that would be sweet 😁😁
@Snottie_Drippen hahahaha! you wish!
The rumours suggest this is going to be digital only and also release on Switch and mobile so I would greatly temper expectations.
What I expect is a fairly low-effort remaster of the PS2 games with a bump in resolution and frame rate and possibly right stick camera control for GTA III and VC. I also fully expect the original soundtracks to be completely butchered and replaced with other songs.
@Areus San Andreas is the one I have the most memories of. I remember all of my friends from school were playing it, and we were all amazed by how open world it was.
Just work on gta 6 you morons 😂
@get2sammyb I think the gameplay of GTA3 and Vice City really would need to be updated, San Andreas still plays really well though
If this is true i hope they also get the licenses for the deleted songs again. Driving in Vice City while listening to Billy Jean is gonna bring back some sweet memories.
Gimme gimme gimme! I'll gladly take a collection of these classic games on PS5 day 1 (physical please). Even though I would be more excited to have them on Switch for the portability. Easy double dip if physical is available.
I can't imagine any of these games play at all well in 2021, so I'll definitely wait for reviews to see how they hold up. They can make them look great, but if they still play like PS2 games then I don't think I could make it through more than a few hours.
If the Gamer Gods exist, this will be true. And I couldn't be more hyped!
@Boxmonkey shark cards get in the way of that, we will never see progress!
I want to play GTAIV on PS4/PS5 😥.
I would definitely love to play vice city with good graphics,but until I see footage I'm not going to get too exited.
WELCOME TO SAN ANDREAS I'M CJ FROM GROVE STREET!!!
I hope they manage to keep the same soundtrack for Vice City. I’d love to drive around the map in my convertible at sunset, blasting the King of Pop’s ‘Billie Jean’ and Blondies ‘Atomic’ again. Hit the strip club just to listen to Mary Jane Girls ‘All Night Long’ and laugh at the hilarious dance animations. Weave through buildings in my Skimmer whilst listening to Mr Mister ‘Broken Wings’. Good times. Vice City is still my favourite GTA. No contest.
Hope they have improved controls, love vice city and San Andreas, not so much part 3.
@fR_eeBritney Probably greatest soundtrack in any video game, shout out to vice city stories too.
San Andreas could be a big, grand-last addition to GTA V Online.
@Americansamurai1 Definitely. And maybe one of the first games ever to feature real (popular) music in that fashion? On fake radio stations? Certainly the first game I ever played that did it.
I remember how crazy it felt to hear real music in a videogame. Just raised the bar to a whole other level and paved the way for future open world games to do the same.
I never played Vice City Stories or San Andreas (I tried to get into SA a few years ago but I couldn’t take to any of the characters and it felt a little dated). Would definitely give SA another chance with this collection though.
Video Killed The Radio Star...
This is the only remake/remaster I’d happily preorder. These games are classics & deserve to be replayed using modern tech. Vice city had the best sound track ever and the nostalgia I’d get from playing these games would be immense.
Is it lazy or just unimaginative? Maybe it's both! New IPs please Rockstar, you're close to becoming tedious and dull.
Why would they suddenly use the unreal engine?
@carlos82 Funnily enough I just started San Andreas again because of this rumour and so far it plays shockingly well.
But yeah, GTA 3 is especially awkward. I had a crack at that not too long ago and it definitely feels ancient!
@fR_eeBritney Yeah it was amazing hearing real music in a game for the first time. I highly recommend vice city stories though really great soundtrack. I'm still waiting for a GTA to have a soundtrack on par with vice city/ stories.
I tried vice city on ps now a few years ago, the controls are absolutely awful, I love the game but Rockstar games do not age well
If the graphics are cool I'm in.
Would be on board with this as I would be RDR/Undead Nightmare. 🤞👍 Though same here I wish LCS/Vice City Stories were part of this too! But for the love of heaven,pay up & get all the music tracks back in there rather than the edited lot in the ps2 classics on ps4 range! Though agree with keeping the original story campaigns intact,would be a nice surprise extra if the rumoured planned missions with the bogus reverend pastor chap in Vice City you saw on the yacht were put back in & just use a new VA.
Agree i prefer LCS over GTA 3 even if a controversial opinion-hated how you couldn't even drive through areas you'd been getting your car blasted by upset gangs!
At least in Vice City you could pretty much drive around town & enjoy tunes so long as you left the Auntie Poulet & Umberto Cafe missions 'til last!!
It's like GTA is their only series.. What about a Midnight Club remaster !!? why remaster GTA3 ? Forget that game . Please let me play anything other than need for speed , their games are garbage . Theres basically no good MP racing games .
Closing up on Los Santos as we speak and preparing to enter the Badlands.
Still loving it as much as the first time playing.
San Andreas is truly magnificent 👍
Fully agree on the aged controls on the other 2 titles. I was shocked when firing up Vice City and it wasn't possible to move the camera while moving around. This needs to be updated. That alone would respark my interest to play through Vice City (and 3) in full!!
That said, I'm a little disappointed it's only a remaster and not a full remake. I'll keep my expectations in check, but if the controls are updated I'll most likely buy day one.
First need to snatch a PS5 though 🤣
Haven't tried hunting one down yet. I'm patient on that regard. If these rumors end up being true, in combination with Horizon Forbidden West, it's pretty hard to resist to try and snatch a PS5. I really don't want to pay more than retail price, tho 😬.
GTA III and Vice City would be great remastered. Hope this is true.
Ufff I just bought all three games from steam a few days ago xd
Luckily they were only a dollar each so it's all good.
I was planning to mod them to make them a bit better but seeing the process you'll have to do... didn't seem worth it.
I'll defiantly buy them again if this rumor ends up being true.
Rockstar not using RAGE engine?
i played these when they were new. liberty city ,vice city stories are good to hopefully these will make an appearance to. gta 5 is actually gta 7 or 8 if were talking sequel's lol
i really hope we will see a big sandbox city, desert,forest type settings in the next game with plenty of offline content and good plot. ive tried gta online not for me. i love offline campaigns.
The trilogy plays and handles far better on OG Xbox. Better framerate, colour and the ability to rip your own songs made this the ONLY way to play these games back in the day.
I remember having Cibo Matto playing as I drove around Liberty City. Amazing memories.
Oh God no! Clunky gameplay with shinier graphics!? Yuck! No thanks!
No desire for this. Let’s have some new games and new ips please?
Day one buy. Also, would be 5th time I would buy GTA San Andreas. PS2, PS3, PS4, PC and now PS5.
No disrespect, but that response is part of the problem.
Vice City if it has the full soundtrack i hope they updated the controls because they where never that great to honest.
I missed the part of old gameplay if thats the truth then i will wait for a discount. And i would call it a lazy remaster to.
Too bad they are incredibly clunky.
I'll see it when i believe it. However if true then yea i will be like a little kid that can't wait for xmas and a new bycycle promised.
My pick would be Liberty City Stories for a remaster instead of GTA 3. I find LCS an overall better game that featured motorcycles, protagonist Toni Cipriani, better missions, fun replayable stuff, improved camera/movement and more. However new remasters would most likely feature the current camera and controls of GTA5.
@__jamiie Well, that's certainly your opinion, but the PS2 version was quite sufficient enough despite those small tidbits you mentioned. It played well either way.
I'd play remakes but not just a remaster. The gameplay doesn't work in 2021. Even shenmue feels better to play nowadays than ps2 gtas.
I played Vice City again recently and it was an absolute treat aside from some quality of life issues and the game controlling abysmally. Once you get used to not being able to control the camera with the right stick (!) and the awful shooting and driving with X and basically the whole game, it's really good because the soundtrack is amazing.
Hopefully. I would love Metal Gear Solid, MGS 2, MGS3 & MGS4 remake & remasters for PS5, also not going to happen through.
For a remaster the controls are so important i could not finish Jak and Daxter 2 because of the horrible controls. I was quite surprised how some older games control.
yawnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn...not hyped AT ALL. Rockstar please stop.....
@InsertUsername It's not an opinion that it ran far better on Xbox. It's fact. The rest of my post was opinion. But thanks for getting all defensive and hurt. That makes everyone's day better!
Also, it's "titbits".
Yeah I’d buy this. Love Liberty City. I’d also love to have GTA4 remastered to play on my PS5.
@feral1975 to some it may seem like a problem. To me it's not because GTA San Andreas is my favorite GTA and GTA as a franchise is my favorite too
Really hope it’s not like Skyward Sword type remake.. updated character graphics with everything else being old graphics.. love the game but it’s just lazy looking
Please have the original soundtracks in full.
@Aexurion I think this trilogy might come out for PS4, too.
@__jamiie "But thanks for getting all defensive and hurt."
Assuming are we? All I said was that is your opinion. There was no anger involved here. So again...how was I defensive? Lol. I think you should look at what you just said and come back and tell me that with a straight face. Tidbit, tidbits, does it matter? Well...maybe to you I guess, but I digress. No my friend, it's not fact just because you say so, but hey, it you want to believe that, by all means. Either way, there was no reason to be so upset that I didn't agree with you. Talk about "hurt." I think I'll just put you on ignore as I don't really care for childish nonsense. Good luck.
@InsertUsername You sounded hurt. The fact you felt the need to comment on my post suggests that it offended you. It wasn't an assumption, it was based on the fact you responded to my post and phrasing of your comment.
The fact that it runs better on Xbox isn't my opinion at all. It is a fact. A better framerate is a better framerate. Better definition is better definition. Analogue acceleration is better than digital acceleration. Better draw distance and load times (because of the HDD) are better draw distances and load times.
The PS2 versions played fine. Perfectly playable and absolutely wonderful. But the Xbox versions were demonstrably better.
I really don't understand why you felt the need to comment on my post in the first place if it didn't hurt you. You could have just ignored me instead of going to the trouble of commenting to tell me that you're going to ignore me. 😂 Very strange.
Day 1 buy for me if true.
Hope that means GTA4 and the Stories GTA games get remastered as well down the line.
Maybe Red Dead Redemption 1
Nooooooo. Let's leave all these cash grab remasters and remakes where they belong. Unless it's a complete makeover like Demons Souls I would prefer they leave it be...
I love the games but hate the controls. Please update them to match modern standards otherwise it's a hard pass.
@Yomogi sadly Switch is not powerful enough to run this games, Switch is even weaker then PS3/PS4 and Xbox 360/ Xbox One.
Hmmmmmmmmmm, didn't they already re-release these games on PS4 with 1080p up-rendering and enhanced features?
Or is that what Rockstar has become for known for with the GTA franchise? "Oh new systems? Oh we have to re-release the same games over and over again"
I want a proper GTA 4 remaster, rather than these games AGAIN with 4K 60fps............ (Face palm)
That wouldn't surprise me.
But playing those games in full glory on new hardware just makes it a little more special.
I opted to hold buying certain newer games and buy them when I finally get a PS5. Ghost of Tsushima & AC Valhalla, to name two that instantly come to mind. In the meantime I'm working on my backlog, just craved for GTA SA and playing that real quick 🤣. Still have quite a few titles I can play.
Honestly, I'm waiting for some games that REALLY persuade me to switch to next-gen 🤷♂️
This would be very welcome news, but not believing it until officially announced by Rockstar themselves.
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