A week after Rockstar Games released Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition, the company is returning the original versions of these games to PC.
The PC versions of GTA III, Vice City, and San Andreas have been removed from digital storefronts in preparation for remastered releases. However, the poor reception from consumers encouraged Rockstar to procure the originals from the Rockstar Store.
Developer , on the website “Updated versions of these classic games have not been released in a state that meets our own quality standards or the standards our fans expect,” he explained in an announcement. The owners of the PC version of the remaster are being dealt with via the Rockstar Store. “We will be adding the classic PC versions of Grand Theft Auto III, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City and Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas to the Rockstar Store as a bundle shortly. Also, anyone who purchases Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition for PC will receive these classic editions at no additional cost in the Rockstar Games Launcher library from the Rockstar Store until June 30, 2022.”
While this improvement may concern certain PC gamers, there's no word on who owns the pack on PlayStation, Xbox, Switch, or other PC showcases. Rockstar says it's committed to resolving issues with GTA: The Trilogy: "We have ongoing plans to address technical issues and improve every game going forward," and "A new Title Update is on the way in the coming days. For all versions of Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition that will fix a number of issues.”
Last week on Twitch, Andrew Reiner and I explored GTA: The Trilogy for a few hours, and while I was having a pretty good time doing the nostalgic web with the series, some graphical changes put me off quite a bit. Especially the nightmarish raincoats that haunt Grand Theft Auto III.