Following a long string of leaks, rumors and reports, it is now for the first time a certainty that we're getting a remastered three-pack of the 3D era Grand Theft Auto games. Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy - Definitive Edition has been rated by the South Korean Game Rating and Administration Committee.
Unannounced games getting rated by the Korean authority has been a common source of leaks due to how the process works in the country, with the committee rating games very early and also releasing public information about them.
Rumors have been floating around about 3D era remasters for a good long while now, though they've always remained in the realm of unsubstantiated leaks. It took a while before reputable sources started backing up these claims, and some additional details surfaces at the same time. It seems that the remasters will run on the Unreal engine as opposed to RAGE, while sporting an updated UI that retains the distinct style.
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If the ratings went through already, then soon we can expect some official news - possibly even a trailer. This year is a major anniversary for GTA 3, so much so that Rockstar itself called out the significance earlier while teasing upcoming content.
This leads us to confidently believe that Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy - Definitive Edition is launching this year. Unfortunately the South Korean ratings board did not specify the platforms on which the game will launch, but we suspect that the PC, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 4 are all included. There's a possibility for the game to launch on the Nintendo Switch as well.
Non-remastered versions of these games are currently available as Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy across most of these platforms in backwards compatible forms, and the games were also minimally remastered and remade for mobile platforms years ago too. This marks the first time the 3D era got proper graphical updates for modern hardware.
It's only a matter of time before Rockstar does the honors and officially announces Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy - Definitive Edition. Now that the genie is out of the bottle so to speak, we suspect that will happen quite soon.