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Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy release date, trailer, gameplay and more

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Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition is real. Rockstar Games finally confirmed a collection of GTA remasters. We also have a release date and a new gameplay-filled trailer. After a series of leaks and a ton of speculation (on top of legions of fans begging for GTA 6 details), Rockstar will finally grace fans with the bundle they've been waiting for. What's more: It's just in time for Grand Theft Auto III's 20-year anniversary. 

Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy collects Grand Theft Auto III, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City and Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas into a single package. While there's still no real news about Grand Theft Auto VI, this news is enough to get excited about the future of Grand Theft Auto at Rockstar. 

These three classic GTA games have never looked this good before, and based on the confirmed enhancements haven't ever played this well either. If you absolutely cannot wait to give your favorite GTA titles one more spin, then read on to learn everything we know about Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition.

Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy latest news (updated Oct 22)

Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy release date

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Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy is set to hit digital store shelves on November 11, with a physical release to follow on December 6. 

The collection — which bundles together Grand Theft Auto III, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City and Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas — will launch on PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and PC by way of the Rockstar Games Launcher. 

The collection will debut on mobile devices within the first half of 2022 as well. A standalone version of GTA: San Andreas will launch on Xbox Game Pass on November 11, with a standalone version of GTA 3 hitting PlayStation Now on December 7. This would suggest the three games will also be sold separately at launch or at a later date. 

Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy trailer 

Alongside confirming GTA: The Trilogy was real, Rockstar debuted an announcement trailer. This nostalgia-stuffed video doesn’t feature any gameplay but it’s definitely a great mood setter. Anyone with a fondness for any of the games in the collection should give it a watch.  

This week Rockstar finally gave us our first proper look at GTA: The Trilogy, courtesy of a short (but oh so sweet) gameplay trailer. This minute-long video showcases a whole range of upgrades given to all three games in the trilogy and is our best look yet at the latest GTA collection. 

Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy gameplay 

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GTA: The Trilogy will bring a range of gameplay enhancements to these classic games in order to make them more accessible to modern players. After all, GTA 3 is 20 years old now and it can definitely be hard to go back to the older games in the series after spending hundreds of hours playing GTA 5. 

Rockstar has detailed the full list of changes in a blog post, but the biggest improvement looks to be “Grand Theft Auto V-style controls and targeting” across all three games. This means no more accelerating with face buttons. If you’ve played a modern GTA the upgraded control scheme should feel instantly familiar to you. 

There will also be updated weapon/radio selection wheels, as well as an improved mini-map that is easier to read and allows you to set custom waypoints. One announcement that has got diehard GTA fans very pleased is the confirmation that you’ll be able to restart failed missions instantly. This was sorely missing from the original versions of all three games. 

Nintendo Switch players will get a few extra gameplay options. You’ll be able to control the camera and navigate menus using the system’s touch screen, plus gyro aiming will be included like in games such as Splatoon 2. 

It doesn’t appear any of the three titles will feature any form of brand new content. However, considering the collection is made up of three complete games there’s still more than enough content here to keep you busy for dozens of hours. 

Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy visuals

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GTA: The Trilogy is not a full-scale remake of these classic open-world games, but they’ve all been given enough spit and polish to look noticeably better than their original counterparts. 

Rockstar has confirmed that all three games will be receiving higher resolution textures. This will give everything from character models to vehicles a whole new level of detail. The lighting system has also been completely overhauled with enhanced shadows, reflections and more. 

Weather and water effects have been improved, and there are enchanted details in trees and foliage. These are small improvements that will make a sizeable difference. Not to mention an increased draw distance, this will likely be most noticeable in the sprawling world of GTA: San Andreas. 

On PS5, Xbox Series X and PC, the games will run in 4K resolution with “up to 60 fps” performance. Unfortunately, on the less powerful Nintendo Switch, the collection is capped at 30 fps. 

It’s still very obvious that these games aren’t 2021 releases, but the improvements made are more substantial than we expected. Once we’ve got our hands on these enhanced versions, we’re not sure we’ll ever be able to go back and play the originals. 

Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy platforms 

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Rockstar Games has made it clear it wants everyone to be able to enjoy Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy when it launches later this year. The collection will be available on PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, the Rockstar Games Launcher on PC, iOS and Android. 

Rockstar hasn't discussed whether GTA: The Trilogy will support features like the PS5 DualSense controller's Adaptive Triggers or the Xbox Series X|S's Quick Resume. Hopefully, that information is provided before launch.  

Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy outlook

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Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition seems like good news for fans of the series. Still, Rockstar has yet to divulge any additional information about GTA 6, which can't help but feel a little disappointing. Either way, it's good to see any sort of "new" content from the franchise.

This collection appears to offer a stronger graphical and gameplay overhaul than we first expected. It's arguably not as good as a new game, but it's still something that should put a glimmer of hope in the eyes of hardcore GTA fans. And for once, it's not a "here we go again" situation yet more GTA Online updates.