If early signs and reports are to be believed, it won’t be long before players can wreak havoc in the GTA cities of Los Santos, Vice City, and Liberty City from the PS2 era. According to reports, Rockstar is planning to remaster GTA III, San Andreas, and Vice City – also known as the PS2 trilogy – in three parts.
This is in line with Rockstar’s acquisition of Ruffian Games last year and subsequent rebranding as Rockstar Dundee. The studio previously worked on Crackdown 3 and aided in the development of Halo: The Master Chief Collection.
In addition, Rockstar previously teased a “surprise” for GTA III’s 20th anniversary, and this appears to be it. The remasters are expected to be released in late October or early November for PS4/PS5, Xbox Series X/S and One, Nintendo Switch, PC, Stadia, Nintendo Switch, and Mobile.
The GTA PS2 Trilogy is rumored to be getting a remaster
According to Kotaku, Rockstar intends to release the remasters as a single digital package rather than individual remasters. If the reports are true, Rockstar will have a busy year in 2021, with the release of GTA V: Expanded and Enhanced Edition, Grand Theft Auto Online as a standalone game, and now the remastered collection.
It’s also worth noting that Rockstar sees mobile as a viable platform for the franchise’s future, with the remastered collection possibly making its way to mobile as well. If Rockstar decides to make a dedicated mobile game in the GTA franchise, it will be interesting to see what they come up with.
The fact that Take-Two has recently cracked down on mods of previous games – including the original PS2 trilogy – is a strong indication that these remasters will happen.
Along with rumors of a PS2 Remastered Trilogy, there have also been rumors of a Red Dead Redemption remaster, but it’s thought that Rockstar will wait to see how the PS2 trilogy performs before making a decision.