Rockstar Games has confirmed the rumors that Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition is on the way to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Grand Theft Auto III, as well as its sequels Grand Theft Auto: Vice City and Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. You can watch the announcement video below!
Releasing later this year on PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and the Rockstar Games Launcher, Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition 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.
Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition will also launch on iOS and Android in the first half of 2022.
“Later this month marks a very special anniversary for Rockstar Games: 20 years since the original release of Grand Theft Auto III — the game that set players loose in the sprawling, three-dimensional metropolis of Liberty City with a new and unprecedented sense of freedom and immersion,” said Rockstar Games.
The company added: “In addition to carving a new path for the open world genre, Grand Theft Auto III established Grand Theft Auto as a cultural phenomenon, alongside its two subsequent — and equally legendary — entries in the series, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, and Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.
“We’d like to extend a heartfelt thank you to all the Grand Theft Auto fans who have supported the games over the past two decades. Your love and appreciation for these games has helped push the Grand Theft Auto series forward with every iteration.”
To prepare for launch, Rockstar will begin removing existing versions of the classic titles from digital retailers next week. Plus, as part of the 20th anniversary celebration for GTAIII, look for a cavalcade of special gear to collect in Grand Theft Auto Online throughout upcoming events this fall, including commemorative clothing and liveries.
This month’s GTA Online events will also have some special surprises – including the upcoming possibility of some unusual activity occurring in and around Southern San Andreas.
Rockstar says it is also continuing to improve and evolve GTA Online. They recently began cycling select Adversary Modes and Player Jobs in and out of the game. GTA Online offers a hugely diverse array of gameplay, hosting over 1,000 Rockstar-created Jobs and tens of millions more player-created Jobs since launch.
By beginning to cycle the Rockstar-created Jobs in and out of the game over time, not only will they be freeing up space for new missions and modes in the future, but we are also improving the game’s matchmaking by focusing the community on a more streamlined list of Jobs from week-to-week.
This will also allow Rockstar to bring back Jobs at various times for special or seasonal events and help reduce some of the lesser-liked Jobs, as well as helping surface some of our slept-on classics or the community’s quirkier favorites alongside special bonuses, like this past week’s return of Offense Defense, Sumo, and more.
The company is also looking at ways to improve the GTA Online experience for new and returning players in the upcoming release of GTA Online for the PS5 and Xbox Series X|S next March.