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The anticipated Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy - The Definitive Edition arrives at the cost of the original games, as Rockstar Games confirmed that these titles will be digitally delisted from PC and console.
After what appeared to be aeons of assumptions, Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy - The Definitive Edition now empirically exists. It bundles Grand Theft Auto III, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, and Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas with a big bow and "across-the-board upgrades including graphical improvements and modern gameplay enhancements for all three titles, while still maintaining the classic look and feel of the originals."
While we don't know when the remastered collection is launching, we are aware that the developer is stopping sales of the digital versions of the original trio of titles. Which is sort of sad, but established practice for companies that are rolling out revamped editions of its past portfolio.
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So, Rockstar Games will be deleting all old versions and bundles of Grand Theft Auto III, Vice City and San Andreas from digital PC and console retailers as soon as "the week of October 11, 2021," stated by the company on its support page. If you own these games in your library already, don't panic. They won't be affected by the takedown, so this is really to notify anyone who hasn't picked up the classic games in their original forms.
At the time of writing, Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy is still available on Steam and so are the individual listings for Grand Theft Auto III, Vice City and San Andreas. No specificities have been offered by the developer on why these games will be delisted, but I imagine it has something to do with the vibrant modding communities that they possess.
Ahead of the announcement, several popular Grand Theft Auto: Vice City and San Andreas mods were struck with a DMCA notice from Rockstar Games' Parent company, Take-Two Interactive. "If the economy is threatened or if there's bad behavior, and we know how to define that, then we would issue or would take to notice," explained CEO Strauss Zelnick.
As these mods likely did just the job that the upcoming remasters are doing to the originals, it checks out why these creations might "threaten the economy." So, one last reminder - pick up Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy before midnight on Monday!
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