Welcome back to rumor world, and for once, the source isn’t Zippo. Rather, Kotaku is reporting based on three sources that it believes remasters of Grand Theft Auto III, Vice City, and San Andreas are in development for release later this year, and Nintendo Switch is one of the targeted platforms for that GTA explosion. More specific details are hazy as plans appear to keep changing, but it appears that Rockstar Dundee is leading the development with a tentative plan to launch the remasters in late October or early November for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, Stadia, PC, and mobile. However, PC and mobile may be delayed to next year.
Currently, the PlayStation 2 trilogy of Grand Theft Auto III, Vice City, and San Andreas is intended to be sold together as one GTA package on Switch and its other platforms, and it might be a digital-only release. Gameplay-wise, the intent is to stick as closely to the original PS2 experience as possible. As for its visuals, Kotaku states, “One source who claims to have seen a snippet of the games in action said that the visuals reminded them of a heavily-modded version of a classic GTA title. The UI for the games are being updated too, but will retain the same classic style.” The GTA remasters are being developed in Unity.
If this reporting is accurate and the details don’t shift too extremely, then this is extremely exciting news. Nintendo Switch players have been desperate for GTA of any kind on the system since its launch, and having Grand Theft Auto III, Vice City, and San Andreas remasters all at once would be awesome, even if it has to be a digital-only release.