Grand Theft Auto remaster launches San Andreas on Game Pass

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It’s been twenty years since the Grand Theft Auto III and at long last, developer Rockstar Games has revealed “Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition,” a remaster of the first three 3D installments of the Grand Theft Auto series. The compilation includes 2001’s Grand Theft Auto III, 2002’s Vice City and 2004’s San Andreas, the last of which will launch on Xbox Game Pass.

Grove Street Games is the Florida-based studio tasked with the remaster, and has had previous experience with porting Rockstar IP such as Max Payne and Bully to various mobile platforms. They look to have done an amazing job adapting the older games into a new remastered form as shown in the trailer for the trilogy.

The listing for Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition sings praises for, “across-the-board enhancements including brilliant new lighting and environmental upgrades, with high-resolution textures, increased draw distances, Grand Theft Auto V-style controls and targeting, and much more, bringing these beloved worlds to life with all new levels of detail.”

An official post also states that along with the cosmetic updates, the Grand Theft Auto remaster will feature “wide-ranging modern control upgrades, including improvements to targeting and lock-on aiming, updated Weapon and Radio Station Wheels, updated Mini-Maps with enhanced navigation allowing players to set waypoints to destinations, updated Achievements, Trophies, and more.”

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Fans of the game who mostly rely on the modding community for graphical updates can maybe rest easier knowing a more accessible version of the older games they love is now going to be available. In a move surely designed to funnel consumers towards The Definitive Edition, Parent company Take-Two Interactive has gone ahead and delisted the older versions of the games from various digital storefronts such as Steam, the PlayStation Store and the Microsoft Store.

That decision isn’t really surprising, given that Take-Two has also issued DMCA takedowns of fan projects like Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City, indicating it’s fiercely protective stance towards the franchise IP.

Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition is set for a digital release on November 11 as a $60 USD package for three games. The remastered version of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas is also set to come out on Game Pass on the same day. A physical release is scheduled for December 7.