Rockstar Games apologizes for the failed release of classic GTA remasters

Rockstar Games, one of the world’s largest and best-known game developers, has apologized for the unfinished release of Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition. It is a remaster of three of the company’s classic games that made it largely famous in the 2000s.

Rockstar Games apologizes for the failed release of classic GTA remasters

Ilya Golubev

Rockstar Games has posted on its official website a public apology to users for the unsuccessful release of GTA: The Trilogy, remasters of the company’s three classics: GTA III, GTA: Vice City and GTA: San-Andreas.

Anyone who buys GTA: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition before June 30, 2023, the company promised to give all three original games for free.

In addition, the developers have already released a patch that has fixed more than 60 bugs in games. The patch is currently only available for console versions, the release date for PC versions is not yet known.

Rockstar Games representatives have also asked to stop insulting the remaster developers on social media.

“The updated versions of the classic games were not released in a way that would meet our own quality standards or the expectations of our fans. We plan to fix technical issues and improve all three games. Each subsequent patch will bring them closer to the look they deserve, “- said representatives of Rockstar Games.

The trilogy went on sale on November 11 and immediately received extremely negative reviews from game critics and ordinary gamers.

On the popular Metacritic service, the collection of remasters has a disastrously low user rating: 0.5 points. This is the worst result on the portal, the data of which is often considered the benchmark for determining the quality of a movie, TV series or game. Professional critics’ scores are not displayed, which is also unusual for Metacritic.

Literally all aspects of the remasters turned out to be a target for criticism, except perhaps for the updated graphics, which, however, also did not meet the expectations of gamers.

Among the main aspects of these are: new character models, redesigned objects of the game world, main and secondary game mechanics, and even the general atmosphere of each game.

YouTube has been flooded with videos capturing numerous bugs that users have discovered in the game (and even hourly selections of such videos).

Users complained about poor gaming performance even on the latest generation consoles and modern gaming PCs (even though the original games were released almost 20 years ago).

Many were also unhappy with the price of the trilogy: $ 60 (more than 4 thousand rubles in Russia). It was considered overpriced.

At the same time, Rockstar Games removed the original games from all marketplaces. True, after the scandal, the company nevertheless returned them on sale, but only to its branded store for PCs.

It’s worth noting that GTA: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition was developed by the contractor Groove Street Games, who previously ported all three games to Android and iOS.

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