A GTA Remastered Trilogy consisting of Grand Theft Auto III, Grand Theft Auto Vice City, and Grand Theft Auto San Andreas is reportedly coming to consoles including the Nintendo Switch. Kotaku are reporting that the three remasters are “currently in the final stages of development.” They are citing a source who has previously leaked correct details of updates of GTA Online and Red Dead Online to them.
The sources say that the GTA Remastered Trilogy is being made using Unreal Engine and mix “new and old graphics.” This is said to give the games visuals that resemble heavily modded versions of the original games. Gameplay is said to be staying similar to the originals but the UI will be tweaked.
Rockstar Dundee, which was previously Ruffian Games, is said to be remastering the titles. The games are allegedly launching on PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Switch, PC, Stadia, and mobile, but the PC and mobile versions may be delayed. The console versions are said to be coming out this October, ready for the big Christmas market.
Kotaku suggest the games were meant to come out as a freebie with the PS5 and Xbox Series X|S ports of Grand Theft Auto V, but plans have changed. It is alleged that the remasters are the reason why Red Dead Online has had smaller updates just recently.
The report ties up with news from a recent investor report from Take-Two. In the call the spokesperson stated they company, which is the parent of Rockstar, was working on three “iterations of previously released titles.”
With Grand Theft Auto VI apparently a good few years away the remasters seem like a good idea for Take-Two. They will have seen how other companies such as Sony and Activision have profited from remasters and remakes. It is also reported that a remaster of Read Dead Redemption may be in the works.