Existing versions of Grand Theft Auto 3, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, and Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas will be removed from digital storefronts today, and many fans are at odds over the move.
As announced during the reveal of GTA Trilogy: The Definitive Edition, Rockstar is removing old versions from all digital stores today, October 11. The developer did not explain the exact reasoning behind this decision. At the time of writing, the original games are still available on Steam, PlayStation, and Xbox, but it’s unclear for how long. We’ve reached out to Rockstar to find out if there is a specific time when the games will be taken off sale.
The decision to remove the original games has sparked much discussion, especially around the issue of preserving video games. Games, particularly of the legendary status of the GTA series, are as much pieces of media history as they are interactive experiences, and reducing access to them is detrimental to the ability of future players and developers to play and play. learn from them.
Another concern among fans is the order in which this is all happening. Definitive Edition versions of the games do not yet have a firm release date, and very few details on their content have been revealed. Many fans are unhappy that they cannot choose between the older versions or the newer ones. While hope lies in more beautiful and more enjoyable games to play, we currently only have Rockstar’s word to continue.
Another major concern for many fans is how the Definitive Editions will handle licensed music. Previous re-releases of the GTA trilogy have seen sections of their now iconic soundtracks removed due to expired licenses and some fear the same will happen here with Rockstar being silent on this point. The result is that many fans feel pressured to buy the older versions, just in case the newer ones don’t live up to expectations later this year.
There is also a very real possibility that newer versions of games will be significantly more expensive than older versions. UK retailer Base.com currently lists the RRP for pre-order at ‘full price’, which is £ 60 for the latest generation versions and £ 70 for the current generation. It’s not clear whether these are Rockstar’s own recommended prices (although they reflect the Take Two owner’s take on next-gen pricing) or Base’s own estimates – we contacted Base. for comments. If it’s legitimate, many will see removing old versions as a cynical attempt to get new players to pay a lot more for games.
Without an update on a release date, or even when we see the Definitive Edition games for the first time, many fans are taking this last opportunity to purchase the older versions of the games – but the fact that they feel the need is It’s an issue that many believe Rockstar should never have forced into in the first place.