Many consider Grand Theft Auto III, Vice City, and San Andreas to be the “golden age” of Rockstar’s GTA franchise. They popularised open-world games as we know them today. However, the graphics haven’t aged well. All three games are now available on Android, although with the exception of a few mobile-specific tweaks, they look and play almost identical to the original early-2000s games. Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy, a remaster of all three games, was just revealed by Rockstar and will be available on smartphones next year. With the considerably upgraded graphics, we’re getting our first peek at how the games will look.
The restored games appear to be doing a lot to give the franchise a new lease on life. The lighting is much improved, and the games will have current, GTA V-style controls. The art retains the originals’ cartoony, 2000s-era style, but it now resembles a Telltale Games game, with purposely stylized graphics on a more powerful engine. All of this makes sense, given that the games are apparently running on the contemporary Unreal Engine 4 on consoles and PCs.
We don’t know how these visual modifications of Grand Theft Auto Trilogy will translate to the mobile version once it’s released, as this trailer focuses on the console release. While the visual resolution may not be quite as good, we can certainly expect the same graphic style and contemporary controls.
According to the latest information, Rockstar plans to release the remaster for Android phones in the first half of 2022. As we come closer to that day, hopefully we’ll learn more details. For the time being, you may check out the graphical enhancements Rockstar has planned and play the current mobile versions of the three classics.