Waiting for news about GTA 6? Aren't we all. Huge Grand Theft Auto news has just dropped online – but rather than the follow-up to GTA 5, it concerns three of the franchise's most popular titles from the noughties. If new reports are to be believed, they could all be in for a next-gen remaster – and fans are already speculating about what they might look like.
PS2 classics GTA 3, GTA Vice City and GTA San Andreas are said to be coming to the PS5, Xbox Series X and even the Nintendo Switch, with a complete graphics overhaul based on the impressive Unreal 4 engine. We're particularly excited about the Switch version – GTA on the go sounds like a winner to us. (Check out the best Nintendo Switch deals if you're ready to start gaming.)
According to Kotaku (opens in new tab), citing sources close to the matter, Rockstar Games is "actively developing remastered versions of Grand Theft Auto III, Grand Theft Auto Vice City, and Grand Theft Auto San Andreas." The report claims that these are being remastered using Unreal Engine, and will feature a mix of “new and old graphics.” Kotaku says the titles are "in the final stages of development".
While not the GTA 6 reveal fans are desperately waiting for, the news still has gamers excited. Many have taken to Twitter to share what they think an Unreal-based remake of the games will look like, including hugely improved renders of the games' characters and scenery.
GTA remake could potentially look like this - ran on a unreal engine. 😳 I wouldn't have a life 😅 pic.twitter.com/BE2784RpMyAugust 13, 2021
!! 🤩 GTA Remastered Trilogy (GTA3/Vice City/San Andreas) coming to PlayStation, Xbox, Switch, PC, Stadia, and mobile this Fall (Late Oct/Early Nov), using Unreal Engine with a "mix of 'new and old graphics'" 😁🤯 #GTA #remaster pic.twitter.com/O0iEqjRNYuAugust 12, 2021
Those stunning character renders come from 3D artist Hossein Diba (opens in new tab), and the updated models have proved a huge hit with fans since he shared them last December (below). Meanwhile, the scenery models appear to originate from a demo of an Unreal Engine-based remake of GTA San Andreas that hit YouTube (opens in new tab) earlier this year.
Time will tell if the remastered GTA trilogy is indeed on the way. Hopefully by the time it does, it'll be a little easier to get hold of Sony and Microsoft's next-gen consoles. Fancy your chances? Here's where to buy a PS5.