It was gaming’s biggest, worst-kept secret; Grand Theft Auto Trilogy – The Definitive Edition.
From leaks to Take-Two DMCA-ing fan-creations, it wasn’t exactly well-hidden.
In fact, the only people who weren’t talking about it was Rockstar.
Until now, of course.
Yes, Rockstar has now, officially, revealed the upcoming Definitive Edition…edition of the GTA trilogy.
If you aren’t aware, the GTA trilogy in this context refers to GTA III, Vice City, and San Andreas.
As Rockstar states,
“…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 don’t know what these “upgrades” entail.
Will GTA III and Vice City feature aiming more akin to San Andreas? Will the vehicles be replaced by their GTA V counter-parts (where applicable)? Can Tommy Vercetti and Claude finally swim?
Something we do know is that Rockstar will be removing currently available editions of the three games down from various digital marketplaces.
This has irked a lot of people online for a few good reasons.
Chief among them, we currently do not know when the Definite Edition will be released. Rockstar hasn’t attached a release date to the game yet, though it will be some time “later this year”.
The rumoured cost of the game is another issue.
A leaked listing from Base.com suggests the price could be retailing at full price. Which, in this context, means $60 for last-gen and Nintendo Switch platforms. And $70 for PlayStation 5/Xbox Series X/S.
Rockstar hasn’t confirmed these prices as of the time of press, however. These could just be placeholder prices.
A third issue is that, due to the nature of music licensing in games, a number of the series’ iconic songs might not be around. We’ve seen this happen already in the various games as the licenses have expired. Rockstar issues out a patch to remove the song/songs completely. You may think that this is a non-issue, but GTA has always had incredible soundtracks thanks to the various songs Rockstar puts into them.
We will update you when this news is available. Until then, if you haven’t already purchased the trilogy in its current format, be sure you do that sooner rather than later.
ABG’s Senior Editor (News), YouTube content creator/streamer.