A Rockstar announced that it will remove console and PC versions of the classic games 'GTA III', 'Vice City' and 'San Andreas'. The developer guaranteed that by the end of the week the titles will no longer be listed, but did not disclose a specific date and time.

The justification given is obvious: the removal of games takes place to open ground for the "launch preparation" of the long awaited collection 'GTA: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition'(check teaser below), which was officially announced recently. The title with the trio of remastered classic games will arrive in 2021 for PlayStation 4 (PS4), PlayStation 5 (PS5), Xbox One, Xbox Series S/X, PC and Nintendo Switch.

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On the morning of Tuesday (12), the games are still available for purchase. At PlayStation Store (PS Store), for example, you can buy 'GTA San Andreas' for R$ 62,50 for PS4 and PS5 (via backwards compatibility). On Steam, 'Vice City' and 'GTA III' are coming out for R$ 14,99 each, while the latter costs R$ 20,49.

The decision to remove the original games generated a lot of discussion and protest among fans, especially around the issue of preserving video games. The titles, especially given the legendary status of the 'GTA' series, are both story pieces for the medium and interactive experiences, and reducing access is detrimental to the ability of future players and developers to learn (and have fun) with them. games, released in the early 2000s.

Another concern of players it's the order in which all this is happening. The new versions of the games in 'The Definitive Edition' do not yet have a set release date and few details about the content have been revealed. Therefore, fans are upset that they are not able to make a choice between the older options or the renewed ones. Although the hope is for remasters with better looks and playability, Rockstar's word is the only promising factor for now.

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Another big concern for many enthusiasts is how the collection will handle licensed music. Previous 'GTA' re-releases have seen sections of soundtracks deemed iconic being removed due to expired licenses, which has some fans worried that the same could happen here. Questioned, Rockstar remains silent on this point.

There is also the possibility of 'GTA: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition' being released at a “full price”. British retailer Base listed on the official website that the game can come at a cost of 54,85 pounds sterling (approximately R$ 412 at current prices) for the older generation consoles and 64,85 pounds (about R$ 488) for the current generation.

In any case, many fans expose criticism on the networks stating that Rockstar should allow the option to choose between purchasing which version of the classic games to buy - in case the remasters not meet expectations.

Source: IGN

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