Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy is Coming on November 11

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In news that comes as a surprise to no one, Rockstar has recently put out a trailer confirming the release of Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy. For those unfamiliar with the latest gaming bandwagon, The Trilogy is a remaster of some of Rockstar’s most iconic releases in the Grand Theft Auto franchise.


GTA 3, GTA Vice City, and GTA San Andreas have all received a makeover, and it’s coming to a store near you on November 11. Or you can pre-order it now on the online store. The game will retail for $60, and will be available for PC, PS4, PS5, and Nintendo Switch.


Enhancements are said to have touched virtually every visual aspect of the game, with higher resolution textures, improved lighting, better draw distances, general upgrades to the environment, and many more exciting updates, promising to breathe new life to these classics and attract a whole new audience that will enjoy them.


According to the Rockstar press release, gameplay aspects are also improved upon, including, but not limited to “wide-ranging modern control upgrades, including improvements to targeting and lock-on aiming, updated Weapon and Radio Station Wheels, updated Mini-Maps with enhanced navigation allowing players to set waypoints to destinations, updated Achievements, Trophies, and more”.

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Not only that, but the version for Nintendo Switch has some special upgrades of its own, such as camera zoom via touch screen and Gyro aiming. As for PC, the game features some fresh Accomplishments, and NVIDIA DLSS support.


The aforementioned lighting received a complete overhaul, with reflections, weather, and even shadows being higher quality and more detailed. The same goes for buildings (both interiors and exteriors), roads, and weapons.


When it comes to the environment, surfaces are smooth, and there’s even some new foliage to admire, all contributing to the more realistic look. The resolution is higher, textures are better, and both vehicles and characters look closer to their real-life counterparts.


Players who don’t have professional-grade systems needn’t worry: the spec requirements are not high. You can run Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy on an Nvidia GeForce GTX 760 2GB or AMD Radeon R9 280 3GB. It is recommended that you have an Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 4GB or AMD Radeon RX 570 4GB for an optimal experience. The game requires 45GB free on your hard drive.

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When asked about the focus for this remaster, the head of development at Rockstar North, Aaron Garbut said that they took great inspiration from GTA III for every release that came after it. The priority was very much worldbuilding, and adding detail in order to help bring these worlds to life.


According to him, the aim is to make the player feel like they’re immersed in the world and add dynamic characters and an environment that is attractive, interesting, and life-like in order to provide context for the stories they are telling through the gameplay.


While remasters are increasingly common and, some would say, overdone, there is clearly still a tremendous appetite for cult classics and nostalgia traps that keep bringing players back, old and new. Especially considering how iconic GTA III was for the genre, and how ground-breaking it was to have an open-world game of this calibre in that period, it’s no surprise that it continues to offer entertainment to players and value to the company.

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There is no more appropriate time for this release, considering the fact that the 20th anniversary of the release of Grand Theft Auto 3 has just passed. The event has not gone unnoticed, with GTA Online commemorating the date with special events and gear that will appeal to the nostalgia of every long-time player who’s been with the franchise since the beginning.



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