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Rockstar Games parent company Take-Two Interactive has gotten fans wondering if the rumoured Grand Theft Auto remakes could be coming soon after all.
While Rockstar has never been particularly big on revisiting its past, rumours began circulating earlier this year suggested that some kind of remastered collection featuring Grand Theft Auto III, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, and Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas could be released in 2021. GTA III, the first 3D Grand Theft Auto game, turns 20 this year, so now would certainly be the time for such a collection. Beyond that, fans have been starved of a new GTA game since 2013, making a collection of remastered hits a license to print money - and lots of it.
During a recent earnings call Take-Two boss Strauss Zelnick touched on these rumours. While it's important to note that he didn't confirm them, he didn't outright deny them either. In fact, his response (via VGC) was really rather intriguing.
"It's a great and encouraging question,' he said. "I'm kind of inclined to leave it more as a statement than a question and any update on our release schedule will come from Rockstar Games."
It's easy to read into this as Zelnick hinting that Rockstar actually has something to announce soon, of course, but it might not be quite as exciting as that. An earnings call isn't typically the place to announce a brand-new title, and it could simply be that Zelnick felt it wasn't the right time to address the rumours one way or the other.
It certainly must have occurred to both Rockstar and Take-Two multiple times over the years that remaking, or even just remastering, the PlayStation 2-era GTA games would bring in buckets of money. Then again, given that GTA V just had its most successful year since 2013, Take-Two could probably get away with never releasing another GTA ever again - past or present.
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