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GTA 3, Vice City and San Andreas Remaster Coming Out This Year

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The three classic PlayStation 2 Grand Theft Auto games are being remastered for PC and for the modern consoles, including the Switch, according to a new Kotaku report. The report comes after rumors about the remasters, based on takedowns notices on mods using classic GTA material. The remasters are coming as soon as this fall after many years of internal delays.

The report does note that the PC and mobile ports of these games may release in 2022 in order to get the console releases out this year. While it doesn’t specify precisely which games are coming, Kotaku says that tips from sources at Rockstar add up to many GTA remasters being in the works at Rockstar Dundee, earlier known as Ruffian Games.

Rumors were going on for the past year have pointed to remasters of Grand Theft Auto 3, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, and Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, the trilogy of games using the same engine released on consoles between 2001 and 2004. It’s the first set of 3D GTA games, and the trio can be easily credited with launching GTA and Rockstar’s modern fame.

Rockstar’s recent bold action against mods using assets from those games has only verified the rumors, as did Take-Two’s statement to investors that it’s working on three unannounced “iterations of previously released titles.”

The games are supposedly being remastered using Unreal Engine and a mix of new and old graphical styles, as well as updated UI in the same fashion as the original games.

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