Rockstar Games issued a statement today apologizing for the various technical and visual issues that players have reported in Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – Definitive Edition, which was recently released. More importantly, Rockstar has stated that updates will be released to address these problems. The publisher also announced that the previously delisted classic versions of the GTA Remastered Trilogy will be re-released on PC via its own Rockstar Store and that owners of the remastered games will receive these free classic GTA titles.
On November 11, the remastered GTA Trilogy was released, and soon after, players began to complain about missing fog, broken rain, ugly character models, new and old glitches, and other issues. The games can also crash, and players on the Nintendo Switch have complained about poor performance and stability.
Rockstar has announced that the classic versions of GTA III, Vice City, and San Andreas will be available on its own Rockstar Games Store to make up for the botched launch and buggy games.
According to the publisher, these classic games will be available in a bundle soon, and anyone who purchases the new remastered trilogy on PC through Rockstar’s store will automatically receive these classic games. This agreement is in place until June 2022. The original versions of these popular GTA games were abruptly removed from digital storefronts by Rockstar in October.
The release of these remastered games was a huge disaster. PC players were locked out of the remastered titles for days when they were released, as Rockstar removed files that weren’t supposed to be in the game.
Many speculated that these files were a collection of songs for which Rockstar no longer held the licenses but which were still present in the assets of the remastered collection. Since bringing that game back to PC after the delay, Rockstar hasn’t confirmed what was removed or why.