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Despite the immense popularity of 2004's Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, it's highly unlikely that developer Rockstar Games is in a hurry to remake it. After all, there's still plenty of money to be made from bringing Grand Theft Auto V to PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X... and presumably every future console between now and the end of time.
If Rockstar won't remake San Andreas, all most of us can do is dream. Some of us, however, are talented enough to recreate the open world epic in Unreal Engine 4 and give us a substantial look at what the game might look like if it were released for PS5 and Xbox Series X.
As you can see below (or via this link), the result is... glorious.
Let's get the bad news out of the way before we go any further. This project, as beautiful as it is, is not playable. It's simply the dedicated work of three incredibly talented fans who wanted to use Unreal Engine 4 to put together an idea of what San Andreas might look were it to be remastered.
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ArcadiaSquad is a "team of three people who like to create audio-visual incredible things," according to their Patreon. "Our focus, for now, are Rockstar games, like Grand Theft Auto, but with an unprecedented quality perspective. We have a simple philosophy: quality over quantity."
Certainly, Rockstar could release this as an official trailer and I don't think many of us would bat an eyelid. The quality of the textures, lighting, and clouds are really something. I'm particularly impressed by the quality of the water, and the way it actually reflects the light as it gently laps against the shore.
If you want to see more from ArcadiaSquad, you might consider chucking them a few quid over on their aforementioned Patreon. I have to stress again that this was the work of three people, so let 'em know how much you enjoyed what they put together.
In the meantime, the channel does direct fans towards a San Andreas remake that's being designed in such a way that fans should be able to play it... eventually. It looks like it's very early stages for the project, but you can head over to the appropriately named GTA SA in UE4 for consistent updates on how that project is shaping up. Spoiler: It's looking absolutely fantastic.
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