Grand Theft Auto III, a groundbreaking video game released in 1997, is celebrating its 20th anniversary today. Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy — The Definitive Edition was not released on the same day as the anniversary, but Rockstar Games did reveal when the upgraded versions of GTA III, GTA: Vice City, and GTA: San Andreas will be made available to purchase.
In addition to PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, and Nintendo Switch, the bundle will be available digitally on November 11th (the previous release date for the PS5 and Xbox Series X versions of GTA V). Physical editions of the game will be available for purchase on December 7th for consoles.
When it comes to the trilogy, Rockstar is charging $60, which may be a steep price to pay for some considering that the original versions were frequently available for only a few dollars each before the publisher pulled them from digital storefronts earlier this month. Additionally, GTA: San Andreas will be available on Xbox Game Pass starting on November 11th, and GTA III will be available on PlayStation Now starting on December 7th, both of which are noteworthy.
The most noticeable changes to the games are the upgraded and more detailed visuals. Rockstar has increased the resolution of textures, improved weather effects, improved character and vehicle models, overhauled the lighting system, and increased draw distances, all while attempting to maintain the aesthetic of the original games. Vice City, for one thing, appears to be far more vibrant than the original, but it is still clearly Vice City in appearance.
There are some enhancements that are specific to the platform. Players of the PlayStation 5 and Xbox One Series X will be able to play the games in 4K at a frame rate of up to 60 frames per second. There is now support for NVIDIA’s Deep Learning Super Sampling (DLSS) upscaling technology on the PC platform. Switch players, on the other hand, will have gyro controls and will be able to use the touchscreen to navigate menus as well as zoom and pan around the screen.
Other aspects of the gameplay have been altered by Rockstar. The controller layout has been updated to match that of Grand Theft Auto V, and changes have been made to gunplay and targeting, as well as the weapon and radio station selection wheels and minimaps (such as the ability to set waypoints). The ability to immediately restart missions after failing will also be available, which is an excellent addition to the overall quality of the game’s experience.