After months and months of leaks and speculation, Rockstar Games today confirmed it is bringing Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy — The Definitive Edition to consoles, PC, and mobile devices — including iPhone and iPad.
The collection includes all three PlayStation 2-era GTA games — GTA III, Vice City, and San Andreas — which “will feature across-the-board upgrades including graphical improvements and modern gameplay enhancements … while still maintaining the classic look and feel.”
Grand Theft Auto classics will be reborn for modern devices
Rockstar has already ported these games to mobile once before, and despite some visual improvements, that don’t look vastly different to the originals. What’s more, it’s been a long time since any of them got a big update, which means playing them on modern devices isn’t as spectacular as it could be.
The Definitive Edition is expected to bring much more significant graphical upgrades, as well as other improvements that make these classic Grand Theft Auto games feel more modern. Rockstar hasn’t gone into detail, but it has promised fans that more information will follow in the coming weeks.
— Rockstar Games (@RockstarGames) October 8, 2021
It’s not yet clear if GTA: The Trilogy will be available as a bundle with all three games included, which seems likely and the most sensible option, or whether the games will go on sale individually — or both.
Existing versions will disappear soon
There is one thing mobile players (those on iPhone, iPad, and Android) should be aware of: While the console and PC versions — which will see GTA gracing Nintendo Switch for the first time — will be available later this year, the mobile versions of the game won’t arrive until sometime during the first half of 2022.
In addition, Rockstar today confirmed it will be removing the existing versions of GTA III, Vice City, and San Andreas from digital storefronts next week. So, if you want them, you’d better grab them fast (though we definitely recommend waiting for the enhanced versions if you can).