The PC versions of GTA III, Vice City, and San Andreas were removed from digital storefronts in preparation for the remastered editions. However, poor reception from consumers has spurred Rockstar to make the originals available through the Rockstar Store.
In an announcement on its website, the developer explained the decision saying, “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.” Owners of the PC edition of the remaster through the Rockstar Store are being taken care of. Rockstar says, “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.”
While this make-good takes care of specific PC gamers, there’s no word on those who own the package on PlayStation, Xbox, Switch, or other PC storefronts. Rockstar does say it’s committed to fixing the issues with GTA: The Trilogy stating, “We have ongoing plans to address the technical issues and to improve each game going forward,” and, “A new Title Update is on the way in the coming days for all versions of Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition that will address a number of issues.”
Last week on Twitch, Andrew Reiner and I explored GTA: The Trilogy for a few hours, and while I had a pretty good time waxing nostalgic with the series, I was fairly put off by some of the graphical changes. Especially the sheets of nightmarish rain plaguing Grand Theft Auto III.