Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition

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Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition
Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition

Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition is a 2021 compilation of three action-adventure games in the Grand Theft Auto series: Grand Theft Auto III (2001), Grand Theft Auto: Vice City (2002), and Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas (2004). It was developed by Grove Street Games[a] and published by Rockstar Games. All three games are remastered, with visual enhancements and gameplay upgrades. The games feature different protagonists and locations within the same continuity. Grand Theft Auto III follows silent protagonist Claude in Liberty City; Vice City, set in 1986, features ex-mobster Tommy Vercetti in the titular Vice City; and San Andreas, set in 1992, follows gangster Carl "CJ" Johnson within the fictional state of San Andreas.

The two-year development focused on maintaining the look and feeling of the original games; the physics code was copied from the originals, and artificial intelligence was used to automatically upscale textures. The development team studied the distinctive qualities of the original games. They added several colouring, weathering, and lighting effects, as well as new assets from Grand Theft Auto V (2013). The team consulted with the original developers at Rockstar North when upgrading the character designs. Prior to release, existing versions of the three games were removed from sale from digital retailers, which led to criticism from audiences and journalists. In response, Rockstar will restore the original versions on the Rockstar Store, with players who purchase The Definitive Edition before 30 June 2022 receiving them for free.

The Definitive Edition was released for Microsoft WindowsNintendo SwitchPlayStation 4PlayStation 5Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S on 11 November 2021, and is scheduled for release on Android and iOS devices in the first half of 2022. The Windows launch was marred by problems with the Rockstar Games Launcher, rendering it unplayable for three days. The game received mixed reviews; critics praised the enhanced visuals, upgraded lighting, improved controls, and added gameplay mechanics, but criticised its abundant technical issues and some character models. ​The game was the subject of review bombing on Metacritic, and many of the developers who worked on it were harrased on social media. Rockstar later apologised for the game's technical issues and announced their intentions to improve the game through updates.

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