Rockstar has finally started to address the botched release of Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition via an apology on their website. I can save you a click and just tell you their plans here, but if you’ve no idea what’s happening with them and the “definitive editon” bundle of some GTA games, you can read what my good friend Matt wrote here.
The post from Rockstar starts with an apology for the issues folks have encountered, acknowledging that The Definitive Edition did not meet theirs and fans’ standards. More and more games seem to be released without running them through a quality assurance team as of late but this is just sloppy even for Rockstar’s standards.
They then ask folks not to harass the dev team over social media. Makes sense, I myself don’t subscribe to throwing hate towards the folks who try to make games possible, but I can understand the frustration of the folks who bought into The Definitive Edition, considering the older games were also delisted from other storefronts forcing folks to only have access to this mess of a remaster.
Rockstar will be working to fix the current state of the remastered games but for now those who have already purchased The Definitive Edition will have to wait. Meanwhile, the studio will be bringing back the games they delisted back in October in preparation for The Definitive Edition’s release: Grand Theft Auto III, San Andreas and Vice City.
Rockstar will re-release them in a bundle via the Rockstar Launcher, and the folks who have already purchased The Definitive Edition will gain access to them for free. Anyone who buys The Definitive Edition for PC from the Rockstar Store before the 30th of June, 2022 will also be receiving this collection in their Rockstar Games Launcher library for free.
This just sounds like the least of what they could do, but also it’s just a damn shame that this is how they’ve decided to treat the older games. We keep asking for GTA6 from Rockstar, but are they even ready to make it considering they can’t hit home with their older games?