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This is, of course, extremely gutting for the individuals who poured their heart and soul into these mods as a show of adoration for these games. San Andreas is one of the most requested remakes out there, beating classics like Half-Life, Left 4 Dead, and Bully to rise to the top, and the seedy and neon soaked Vice City looks absolutely amazing when it's rendered in Grand Theft Auto V's engine. Given the clamouring from fans for a remake or remaster of either of these games, it's a wonder why Rockstar Games hasn't addressed the possibility of bringing these excellent experiences back into the zeitgeist with all of the bells and whistles of more modern titles. I don't think I'm exaggerating when I say that, if the developer was to release a San Andreas remaster, it would be the most effective way of getting everyone to self-isolate irrespective of whether they had the coronavirus or not.
Check out this mod that gives us a glimpse into a timeline where we got Vice City 2, in all its glittering and not-so-glamorous glory.
Spotted by DSO Gaming, the mods GTA Underground, Vice City Stories: PC Edition, Liberty City Stories: PC Edition and San Andreas Reimagined have been eliminated by Take-Two Interactive's watchful eye after receiving a DMCA notice from the publisher. It's a shame not only for the creators but for the creative efforts themselves. For example, GTA Underground merges the maps of San Andreas, Liberty City, Vice City, Manhunt I, Manhunt II and Bullworth from Bully into one coherent collage. Moreover, it's not evident why Take-Two Interactive has targeted these projects as the modders aren't making any money from these projects nor are they infringing on any of the publisher's titles in development...
Or, are they? Rumours that Grand Theft Auto VI would be set in Vice City once again ran rampant after synthwave artists were apparently contacted by Take-Two Interactive for a soundtrack for a new game. This is similar to how the Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 + 2 remakes were inadvertently revealed when CYK's Jess Margera said that the band's music would return in a new game. Then, this month, an insider claimed that the next game in the series would be set in Vice City and feature the first female protagonist in Grand Theft Auto. Naturally, Rockstar Games is keeping its cards ever so close to its chest so we'll let you know if these mods are restored and if there are any more whispers about Vice City's return.
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