A report published earlier this month by Kotaku stated that a trilogy of Grand Theft Auto games — presumed to be Grand Theft Auto III, Vice City, and San Andreas — were being remastered for all current platforms, including the Nintendo Switch. According to the report, Rockstar Dundee, the game’s development lead, intended to release the game in late October or early November 2021, with the exception of the PC and mobile versions of the game, which could be delayed until 2022. But a reliable industry insider, Tom Henderson, has gently disputed the release date information while largely corroborated the rest of the information. Henderson predicts that the remastered Grand Theft Auto trilogy will be released in 2022 on all platforms, including the Xbox One and PS4.
The release of games is frequently delayed, but to be clear, Rockstar Games has not even officially announced the Grand Theft Auto trilogy remaster, so a release in 2022 would not even be considered a significant delay. In any case, the point is that this would all be considered routine business at this point.
To date, the only Rockstar game to be released on the Nintendo Switch is L.A. Noire, which is bizarre and astounding given the phenomenal and consistent sales success of the console in recent months. It’s understandable that Grand Theft Auto V hasn’t come to the system yet, but a bundle containing Grand Theft Auto III, Vice City, and San Andreas would be a fantastic consolation prize — provided that Rockstar can secure all of the licenses for the incredible music that was featured in those games once again.