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Grand Theft Auto trilogy remaster is real, and it's coming later this year

Updated versions of GTA 3, Vice City and San Andreas are coming to the PS5, Xbox Series X|S, PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC.

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Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy: The Definitive Edition

Enhanced versions of Grand Theft Auto 3, Vice City and San Andreas are coming later this year.

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Following several leaks hinting at the arrival of Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy -- The Definitive Edition, developer Rockstar confirmed it Friday. The collection will include GTA 3, Vice City and San Andreas.

It's coming to the PS5, Xbox Series X|S, PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC via the Rockstar Games Launcher later this year, the company said in a release. It'll also hit iOS and Android during the first half of 2022. 

The remastered games will include "graphical improvements and modern gameplay enhancements, while still maintaining the classic look and feel of the originals," Rockstar said.

The company will also start removing existing versions of GTA 3, Vice City and San Andreas from digital stores next week, so purists might want to purchase digital versions of the originals.

GTA 3 came out on the PS2 on Oct. 22, 2001, meaning its 20th anniversary is happening in two weeks. Seems like that'd be a good time to reveal some gameplay. Vice City and San Andreas were released in 2002 and 2004 respectively.

GTA Online will also add GTA 3 20th anniversary celebration content in the form of commemorative clothing and liveries this fall, with "an exciting new adventure" coming later in the year. Next-gen enhanced versions of GTA 5 and Online are coming to the PS5 and Xbox Series X|S next March.