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Those Grand Theft Auto remasters, eh? Rockstar Games has now responded to the shambolic state of the Definitive Edition and those who bought these games are eligible for free copies of the original versions.
Tidy. These upgraded versions of Grand Theft Auto III, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas and Grand Theft Auto: Vice City were rumoured for months and months, with insiders offering crumbs of information on its visual and technical improvements. In October, the studio officially shone the spotlight on Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy - The Definitive Edition, and the Internet was set alight.
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Boasting “across-the-board enhancements including brilliant new lighting and environmental upgrades, high-resolution textures, increased draw distances” as well as Grand Theft Auto V-style additions, it should have been a surefire success. Yet, gameplay of noodley NPCs, horrifying first-person perspective glitches, catapulting cars and magical police officers were soon plastered across social media.
The situation became so difficult while dealing with countless refund requests from players, that Rockstar Games chose to pull the Definitive Edition from its own launcher. Not a brilliant look. “We want to sincerely apologize to everyone who has encountered issues playing these games,” said the studio in a statement. “The updated versions of these classic games did not launch in a state that meets our own standards of quality, or the standards our fans have come to expect.”
Rockstar Games has now got a plan to rectify the issues with Grand Theft Auto III, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas and Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, which is optimistic news. It’s also added that it was aware that players were sad to learn that the original versions of the games would disappear after the launch of the remasters.
“While one of the goals of the Definitive Editions was to allow players to enjoy these games on modern platforms for many years to come, we also understand that some of you would still like to have the previous classic versions available for purchase,” said Rockstar Games.
“We will be adding the classic PC versions of Grand Theft Auto III, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, and Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas back to the Rockstar Store shortly as a bundle. Additionally, everyone who has purchased Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition for PC from the Rockstar Store through June 30, 2022, will receive these classic versions in their Rockstar Games Launcher library at no additional cost,” explained the company.
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