Rockstar Apologises For GTA Trilogy Definitive Edition

PC Players Will Have Access To The Original Versions Of The Trilogy.


This is becoming an unhealthy pattern. Rockstar is the latest in an ever growing list of developers forced to apologise for releasing products that are halfbaked and nowhere near ready for release.

It’s fair to say that there was a lot of cautious optimism for the release of Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – Definitive Edition, even with the suspicious lack of gameplay in the weeks prior. Rockstar are renowned for their quality titles and it would be a safe bet to assume that they could pull it off. How wrong we were. The release of the remastered trilogy has been nothing short of disastrous.

The trilogy has been plagued with bugs since launch resulting in review bombing on Metacritic and a mixed critical reception. Rockstar has now released a public statement addressing the issues with the trilogy on their official website saying:

“Firstly, we want to sincerely apologize to everyone who has encountered issues playing these games. The Grand Theft Auto series — and the games that make up this iconic trilogy — are as special to us as we know they are to fans around the world. The updated versions of these classic games did not launch in a state that meets our own standards of quality, or the standards our fans have come to expect.”

Rockstar goes on to say that a number of updates are planned for the trilogy, Grove Street Games are currently working on an update for PS4 and PS5. Essentially the hope is that each subsequent update will get the trilogy up to scratch and to the standards expected of a Rockstar title. Fans were asked to be respectful of Grove Street Games after a number of reports of members of the development team being harassed on social media.

Rockstar concludes their statement by announcing that the original versions of GTA III, Vice City, and San Andreas will be returning to the Rockstar Store as a bundle. Anyone who has purchased the definitive edition of the trilogy for PC via the Rockstar Store will receive the original versions of the game for no extra cost, but this offer is only valid until 3oth June 2022. There’s no mention of how players who bought the console version will be compensated.

This has been one of the biggest controversies in the gaming world since the release of Cyberpunk 2077, however, in that scenario CD Projekt Red made a genuine effort to make things right. Cyberpunk was removed from the PlayStation Store for a lot of the shame issues as the remastered GTA trilogy, and a “help me refund” programme was put in place for dissatisfied players.

Rockstar’s apology seems a bit hollow, the developer is losing a lot of goodwill with gamers and it will be an uphill battle to get them back on side.

Bobby is an all-around nerd and huge PlayStation fan. He's currently stumbling his way through life, which now involves writing about games on the internet. Not that he would change anything.

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