Grand Theft Auto III 20th Anniversary Celebration Plans Officially Revealed by Rockstar Games
Has It Really Been 20 Years Since Grand Theft Auto III?
Oh boy. Ever get that one piece of news that makes you feel old as hell? Well, this is it for me! Later this month, it will officially be 20 years since Grand Theft Auto III graced PlayStation 2 systems around the world. Ditching the top-down perspective of prior games in the series, Grand Theft Auto III and its unprecedented freedom felt revolutionary at the time, and it’s a title that influenced the open-world genre in a way that can still be felt today. With this landmark anniversary fast approaching, Rockstar Games has officially announced its plans to mark the occasion.
The headline announcement, of course, is the official reveal of the long-rumored remasters of the classic PlayStation 2 Trilogy.
Grand Theft Auto III, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, and Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas are officially making their way to PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Nintendo Switch, and PC later this year as one complete package, officially titled Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition. IOS and Android ports are also on the way in the first half of 2022. Whilst we didn’t get an official release date, we did receive some additional details on what to expect.
Admittedly, it sounds like this will stop short of being the radical upgrade that some fans will have been hoping for, though it definitely sounds like these re-releases will be more than just straight ports. At the very least, fans can look forward to “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,” according to the update released today by Rockstar Games.
You could argue that the lack of concrete details as to what these upgrades will entail is slightly frustrating, especially considering this is down as a 2022 release. Thankfully, Rockstar Games has confirmed that more details will be made available in the coming weeks.
As for what else we can expect to mark the anniversary of Grand Theft Auto III, players of the seemingly immortal Grand Theft Auto Online can also look forward to the addition of in-game items to help them celebrate in style. Keep an eye out for additional gear, which looks set to include Grand Theft Auto III-themed clothing and vehicle liveries.
Welcome Changes For Grand Theft Auto Online
Unrelated to the anniversary celebrations, but sure to be of interest to those who have carved out a virtual life of crime in Grand Theft Auto Online, are the improvements to that title that Rockstar Games has also detailed. In an attempt to cut down on the notoriously lengthy matchmaking times, select Adversary Mode, and Player Jobs will be rotated in and out of the game. Beyond more efficient matchmaking, this will also help free up space for brand new activities, and also cut down on the less popular missions and activities that often crop up in the various job playlists.
And finally, a bonus for anyone who has grown tired of the current content available in Grand Theft Auto Online, Rockstar Games has said to keep an eye out later this year for “an exciting new adventure in GTA Online as some well-known contacts and familiar friends need your help in expanding their “legit business.” Legit business? In the debauchery-filled town of Los Santos? Who are they kidding?
Will you be booking tickets to Liberty City, Vice City, and Los Santos later this year? Do the improvements touted by Rockstar Games sound as though they go far enough to entice you back into these worlds? Let us know in the comments below.