Rockstar’s Grand Theft Auto III is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, and the studio has some “fun surprises” to mark this occasion. In a blog post, the developer stated that some of those surprises will be included in GTA Online, but gave no other details on how they might celebrate.
This is Rockstar’s official word on the subject: “In honor of the upcoming 20th anniversary of the genre defining Grand Theft Auto III, we’ll have even more fun surprises to share–including some specifically for GTA Online players.”
Of course, this message is suspicious and was tucked away inside a blog post about updates for GTA and Red Dead Online and the PS5/Xbox Series X|S editions of GTA V. It’s like Rockstar threw this into the mix so it could possibly be overshadowed. This GTA III tease comes shortly after Take-Two shut down a GTA III fan remake, leading to speculation that Rockstar is currently developing one. However, this is unconfirmed.
GTA III was first released on October 22nd, 2001 and was the first entry in the series that was not top-down, but moved to the 3D open-world concept. It was originally released on PS2 before heading to the PC and the original Xbox.
A 10-year anniversary edition of the game was released in 2011 for mobile devices.
In other GTA news, Rockstar officially announced a release date for Grand Theft Auto V on PlayStation 5 and the Xbox Series X|S, right alongside the standalone GTA Online version of the game.