Remakes of the classic Grand Theft Auto (GTA) games on PlayStation 2 are reportedly being remastered for the current generation of consoles set to release later this fall.
The reports come from Kotaku whose sources confirmed the rumors and the games are being remastered using the Unreal Engine. The games are being done by Rockstar Dundee, a development studio based in Dundee, Scotland under the Rockstar umbrella.
Grand Theft Auto Remakes, the Specifics
Kotaku’s unnamed sources state that Rockstar is currently remastering Grand Theft Auto III, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, and Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas and that they are in the final stages of production. Reportedly, the games will have a mixture of new and old. Graphics and user interface will be getting a facelift while maintaining that classic GTA style.
Fans have already made recreations of past titles in GTA 5 with the usage of mods.
There are no gameplay details but the remake will apparently stick to the original style as much as possible. Sources say that the games are planned to launch around late October or perhaps early November on the current generation of consoles (PS5, Switch, Xbox Series X/S), the previous generation (PS4, Xbox One), PC, Google Stadia, and even a mobile port.
However, the mobile and PC port may be delayed until next year as Rockstar focuses on console versions first.
Take-Two Take Downs
Kotaku didn’t name their sources, referring to them as having “reliable track records” but certain recent events may point to this rumor being true. For one, Rockstar’s parent company, Take-Two Interactive, mentioned in its Q1 2022 earnings calls that it has six “new iterations of previously released titles” in the pipeline. Three of those games are Grand Theft Auto V: Expanded and Enhanced, a standalone version of GTA Online, and Kerbal Space Program.
https://t.co/glTfqGEF4y, a popular mod site known for GTA mods has been requested by Take-Two Interactive to take down over 7 mods for GTA SA and GTA V.
— Ben (@videotech_) August 10, 2021
That still leaves three unknown games. Take-Two has also been issuing DMCA take-down notices on old GTA mods on various modding sites. These actions have caused rumors to circulate that perhaps Take-Two is planning something.
The remakes may also explain why Red Dead Online has had middling support in recent times.
Needless to say, fans of the series were excited to hear the news of GTA remakes. Some fans on Twitter have called that trilogy the best that has ever been while others are looking to new versions of the games as recent ports of the PS2 games are looked down upon.
I've been sayin it's weird that a series as big as GTA never got any remakes.
This is good especially because the most recent ports of old gta games kinda suck https://t.co/9TX1X8IP7w
— Marcus (Commissions closed again) (@Dewndeym) August 12, 2021
Others wonder what this means for a potential GTA 6.
Future of GTA
If the rumors are true and the GTA remakes are in progress, you have to wonder about the status of GTA 6. Fans have been asking for a new entry as fans have been playing Grand Theft Auto 5 since it was released in 2013 on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. So far, neither Rockstar nor Take-Two have said a word and there haven’t been any sources coming out confirming its existence. Not even rumors and leaks have surfaced.
me and the homies playing GTA 6 when it drops in 2078 pic.twitter.com/JFXdHsWYuU
— CJ (@_akaCJ) August 12, 2021
With regards to the remakes, it begs the question as to what else Rockstar has cooking in the background. Could the PSP side games, Liberty City Stories and Vice City Stories, be given the same treatment? And what about GTA 4?
What do you think about the supposed remakes?