After several rumors, Rockstar Games has finally confirmed that Grand Theft Auto III, Vice City, and San Andreas are getting HD remasters. These versions will be released in a bundle called Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy - The Definitive Edition. The collection is coming to PC (via Rockstar Games Launcher), PlayStation, Xbox, and most surprisingly, Nintendo Switch will also receive these versions. Right now these versions will be coming to iOS and Android only in the first half of 2022. Pricing information and release dates have not been shared yet.
The company hasn't explicitly mentioned what kind of technical improvements were made, nor has it shared any footage yet, but it does say that each of the games got "widespread updates, including modern graphical enhancements and gameplay improvements." The company chose to go the fidelity route for its remasters, leaving "the classic look of the originals" as they were presented on the PS2.
In case the player is someone who grew up with Grand Theft Auto V (understandable, since it's eight years old) and didn't have an easy way to play those previous influential games, this seems like a great time to start.
It may seem strange to play a Grand Theft Auto game that does not allow the player to switch between protagonists, but the adventures of Claude, the silent protagonist in GTA III, Tommy Vercetti in Vice City and CJ in San Andreas are still very much worth playing and reminiscing about the old times and hours spent playing.
Rockstar says we'll be finding out more about the collection of games in the coming weeks, but ahead of launch, it will start removing existing versions of each title from digital stores next week, so take the time to buy them if you still want a better chance of getting one.