Grand Theft Auto fans, brace yourselves, because depending on how desperately you’re awaiting the release of Grand Theft Auto VI, this is either awful news or excellent news: according to reports, Rockstar Games is reportedly remastering three of their most iconic titles for the newest generation of consoles: Grand Theft Auto III, Grand Theft Auto Vice City, and Grand Theft Auto San Andreas.
Rockstar is actively developing remastered versions of Grand Theft Auto III, Grand Theft Auto Vice City, and Grand Theft Auto San Andreas. All three of these games are being remastered using Unreal Engine and will be a mix of “new and old graphics.” One source who claims to have seen a snippet of the games in action said that the visuals reminded them of a heavily-modded version of a classic GTA title.
The UI for the games are being updated too, but will retain the same classic style. No details were shared about gameplay, but Kotaku has been told these remastered titles are trying to stay true to the PS2-era GTA games as much as possible. [via Kotaku]
Perhaps more surprising than the news of the reboot is that Rockstar Games expects to have them released this Fall, which means they’ve likely been working on this for quite some time. Furthermore, the games are set to be made available on the Nintendo Switch.
The Kotaku report also mentions that should the Grand Theft Auto remasters be successful, the studio has plans to remaster the original Red Dead Redemption, which was originally released in 2010. The massively popular sequel, Red Dead Redemption 2, was released back in 2018.
While this news will certainly excite some fans, there is another section of fans that will likely be annoyed with Rockstar’s decision to revisit the past rather than forge forward into the future with Grand Theft Auto VI. After all, it’s already been eight years since the release of Grand Theft Auto V and GTA fans still don’t have a clue when they can expect the next title in the iconic franchise.