Numer­ous rumors have even­tu­al­ly lead up to a ver­i­fied report that Rock­star is work­ing on remas­ters for three of the most revered Grand Theft Auto games in the series. Grand Theft Auto III, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas are all said to be in the works for mul­ti­ple plat­forms, rang­ing from cur­rent-gen­er­a­tion con­soles to mobile devices.

Kotaku is report­ed to have spo­ken to three sources involved in the project, each of whom say this has been in the works at Rock­star for quite some time. At one point it was planned for the remas­ter col­lec­tion to be offered to play­ers who pur­chased the upcom­ing remas­ter for Grand Theft Auto V on the Xbox Series X and PS5. How­ev­er, these plans changed to a stand­alone release. It’s also report­ed that these remas­ters were sup­posed to come out ear­li­er this year, but COVID delayed development.

The report also states that that the remas­ters will like­ly be bun­dled into a col­lec­tion and will be sold dig­i­tal­ly on the Xbox Series X|S, PS5, Xbox One, PS4, Nin­ten­do Switch, Google Sta­dia, and mobile. The PC and mobile ver­sion may not be ready until 2022. The games are being remas­tered in Unre­al Engine but, obvi­ous­ly, the team is try­ing not to stray too far from the orig­i­nal PS2 versions. 

Rock­star also seems to have plans to pur­sue oth­er remas­ters of its prop­er­ties, based on how well this col­lec­tion sells. Kotaku writes that Rock­star is look­ing into remas­ter­ing Red Dead Redemp­tion, depend­ing on if its sat­is­fied with the per­for­mance of these titles.

The remas­ters are appar­ent­ly being han­dled by Rock­star Dundee (for­mer­ly know as Ruf­fi­an Games). The stu­dio pre­vi­ous­ly devel­oped Crack­down 2 and helped work on Crack­down 3.

Rock­star’s par­ent com­pa­ny, Take-Two, has been dish­ing out DMCA take­downs for mods for the old­er GTA titles, which led to rumors remasters.