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Last week, it emerged that the long-rumoured Grand Theft Auto remastered trilogy is very likely the real-deal and releasing this year.
While this has yet to be officially confirmed by Rockstar Games both Kotaku and VGC understand Grand Theft Auto 3, Vice City, and San Andreas are all being remastered in Unreal Engine using a mix of "new and old graphics". We'd heard rumblings of such a remaster over on the GTA Forums for months prior to this.
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It's not yet known how substantial the changes to these remasters will be. One Rockstar employee who claims to have seen the games in action told Kotaku that they look a lot like many of the enhanced graphics mods we've seen over the years - a clear upscaling, if not a complete overhaul. The UI for each game is also being overhauled, though it's believed the remasters aim to "stay true to the PS2-era GTA games as much as possible".
With that said, a new report suggests that Rockstar may re-assess some of the content from the three games and make necessary changes for a 2021 audience in mind.
Reporting on Kotaku's original piece, Gematsu added that it's heard from its own sources there will be "some content changes to make the games more suitable for modern audiences".
The publication stopped short of revealing what these changes could be, leaving fans to speculate as to whether it'll be simple updates to make gameplay feel more streamlined and modern, or adjustments to certain characters or lines of dialogue that might not have aged brilliantly.
There's no getting around the fact that the GTA series is a satirical one filled with offensive content, and the older games may well have certain moments that need re-assessing. It's far more likely, however, that Gematsu is simply referring to gameplay changes. At this point the remaster hasn't even been officially announced, so we'll just have to wait and see.
The GTA remastered trilogy will reportedly be released on PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PC, and mobile around October/November. Expect an official reveal soon.
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