Rockstar is preparing to release remastered versions of three classic Grand Theft Auto games, according to reports that match what VGC has heard from our own sources.
Kotaku reports that remasters of Grand Theft Auto III, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City and Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas are in development at Rockstar Dundee and are in the final stages of development.
The report corroborates information VGC has recently received from its own sources, which also suggested the remasters were in development.
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Grand Theft Auto parent Take-Two confirmed last week that it was working on three unannounced remasters of previously released games.
The publisher confirmed the in-development titles in an investor presentation, which lists three unannounced “new iterations of previously released titles”.
Take-Two has openly discussed its intention to continue creating remasters of its past titles. In March, the company’s CEO Strauss Zelnick discussed its strategy in this area and suggested that it wasn’t interested in releasing ‘simple ports’.
During Take-Two’s third quarter earnings call in February, Zelnick offered a non-committal response when asked about the potential for remastering older Grand Theft Auto games.
In a Q&A session, an analyst suggested it was likely that a significant portion of GTAV players might never have played earlier games in the series. Given the huge appetite for Grand Theft Auto content, he asked for Take-Two’s perspective on further remasters.
“It’s a great and encouraging question,” Zelnick responded. “I’m kind of inclined to leave it more as a statement than a question and any update on our release schedule will come from Rockstar Games.”