Rumors of an imminent GTA PS2 trilogy remake announcement have been bubbling for some time now. A lot of pieces are starting to fall into place, indicating that some of these rumors may actually hold some water and Rockstar may be giving that beloved trilogy of games (GTA 3, Vice City, and San Andreas) a brand-new coat of paint.
The GTA PS2 trilogy is one that’s incredibly well-beloved. It was a key franchise not only for the PlayStation 2 and Rockstar but also for gaming. It really catapulted the idea of an open-world 3D game, spawning games like Saints Row and The Simpsons: Hit and Run. Still, there are very few games that match the ambition of those early GTA games. This tradition has only continued, leading to GTA 5 being an unfathomable success with 140 million copies sold.
The rumors of a GTA PS2 trilogy began swirling in January on the GTA Forums (via GTABase) with key users hinting that fans won’t have to wait long to actually see it. In January, user Mach1bud stated that a reveal would happen in about 90 days, meaning the project will likely be shown in about April or May. This would be right before Take-Two, Rockstar’s parent company, has its next earnings call, which would make it a prime time for an announcement. Rockstar also recently started hiring for a position that requires someone to capture gameplay for trailers.
It’s unclear whether this will be a from-the-ground-up remake or if it’ll just be some polished versions of the original games. Either way, Rockstar has a lot of manpower that would allow them to work on something like this without losing any reimgs on a game like Grand Theft Auto 6, which is reportedly in development. Take-Two Interactive also recently took down a fan project that reverse-engineered GTA 3 and Vice City’s img code. This was meant to allow fans to port the game to other consoles like Nintendo Switch as well as add new mods. The takedown was incredibly fast and could indicate that Rockstar is gearing up to lift the curtain on the brand-new version of the collection.
Given Rockstar operates in a rather slow-paced way, making fans wait long periods of time for its games, it’s good to hear about a new project on the horizon. There’s no word on when the game could release but there’s a key date coming up later this year. Grand Theft Auto 3 will turn 20 this October, so it makes sense that Rockstar would want to celebrate the beloved GTA title in a big way, especially after releasing the game on mobile for its 10 year anniversary. It would also make a lot of sense given that GTA 6 is heavily-speculated to be set in Vice City. As always, the rumors about this GTA remake should be taken with a large dose of salt, as Rockstar has yet to announce anything concrete.