It’s being reported that Rockstar Games are planning to release a remastered trilogy of classic Grand Theft Auto games, with the project already said to be “in the final stages of development.”
According to Kotaku, three classic PS2-era GTAs—Grand Theft Auto III, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City and Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas—are being worked on at Scottish studio Rockstar Dundee. The reports cite sources that claim all three will be released “for a multitude of platforms” including the Nintendo Switch.
The sources claim that the remasters are being done in the Unreal Engine with a mixture of “old and new graphics” along with updated UI. While there’s been no word on any gameplay changes, the remasters are said to be “trying to stay true to the PS2-era GTA games as much as possible.”
It’s also said that plans around releasing the remasters have changed several times over the past few months, as a result of the global COVID-19 pandemic. At first the ports were supposedly to be offered as a bonus for those who bought the next-gen versions of Grand Theft Auto V and Online, then a decision was made to release them earlier this year. However, apparently plans changed again and it seems the PC and mobile versions may slip into next year. Rockstar are reportedly focusing on developing the Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 4 versions for around “late October.”
Rockstar Dundee—formally known as Ruffian Games—previously worked on the multiplayer Wrecking Crew mode of Crackdown 3 before the studio was acquired by Rockstar in October of last year. The team are said to also be helping with development on the aforementioned PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S ports of Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online, which are both expected on November 11.
Just last week, Rockstar parent company Take-Two confirmed it was working on “three unannounced remasters or remakes” — the company is yet to confirm or deny whether the Grand Theft Auto remasters are indeed those ones in question.