GTA The Trilogy - The Definitive Edition Title Update v1.02 Rolls Out as Rockstar Makes an Apology For Unexpected Technical Issues

GTA: The Trilogy - The Definitive Edition Title Update v1.02 Rolls Out as Rockstar Makes an Apology For 'Unexpected Technical Issues'

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Richard Walker

Rockstar Games has issued an apology for Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy - The Definitive Edition, which has been plagued with technical shortcomings, bugs, and visual oddities since releasing last week.

“Firstly, we want to sincerely apologize to everyone who has encountered issues playing these games,” Rockstar said in a statement. “The Grand Theft Auto series — and the games that make up this iconic trilogy — are as special to us as we know they are to fans around the world. The updated versions of these classic games did not launch in a state that meets our own standards of quality, or the standards our fans have come to expect."

For the collection, which bundles Grand Theft Auto III, GTA: Vice City, and GTA: San Andreas, developer and Rockstar subsidiary Grove Street Games rebuilt the PS2 and original Xbox era games, using new assets and modernised controls that bring it in line with GTA V. However, the results have been less than desirable, and for many, GTA: The Trilogy has proved a huge disappointment. Missing music from the soundtrack doesn't help much either. Indeed, we said as much in our review, but Rockstar has plans to patch the games (don't expect missing music to be restored, though).

“We have ongoing plans to address the technical issues and to improve each game going forward,” the company adds. “With each planned update, the games will reach the level of quality that they deserve to be.”

Rockstar notes that developers have been harassed on social media following the launch of GTA: The Trilogy, and asks that the community “maintain a respectful and civil discourse around this release as we work through these issues.” In the meantime, the PC versions of the original GTA games have been returned to digital storefronts for purchase, having been removed.

Title Update v1.02 has also rolled out for Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy - The Definitive Edition, addressing a laundry list of issues, including incorrect textures, characters in cut-scenes, clipping, audio lines, and other mission-specific bugs and overall issues with all three games. You can consult the complete list of changes here.

Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy - The Definitive Edition is available for PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC, and you can see the differences between the remastered games and the originals in our comparison video below.

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  • Apology most definitely not accepted.
  • Vice City still crashes every time I die
  • Doesn't mean much when you still took everyone's money for an inferior, broken, not-at-all-remotely-"definitive" trilogy.
  • Do any of these companies test their games anymore? Definitive answer, nope.
  • I cant stand when they pretend like they had no idea what they were releasing. It would be far less offensive if they just told people they are working on patching it and left it at that.
  • ONCE, just once I wish companies would stop bullshitting customers so blatantly obvious.
    "The updated versions of these classic games did not launch in a state that meets our own standards of quality, or the standards our fans have come to expect."
    Yeah, who greenlit the release? It obviously DID meet your standards or you didn't give a shit. The alternative is that you don't have any sort of quality assurance or don't give a shit about it. Which isn't a good look neither.

    Meanwhile PC got the (gutted) originals on Social Club or whatever it's called now as an apology. While going after mods for the non-DRM locked versions.

    "With each planned update, the games will reach the level of quality that they deserve to be."
    How about removing it from sale so other people don't get suckered-in until it's at that level. Also how long will this take, if ever?

    It's of course wrong to harrass the developers directly. Most likely they knew about the steaming pile of shit. But the company certainly doesn't deserve any respect for how they treat their games nor their customers. Especially if they release PR statements implicating that they just think we are dumb enough to buy it and be happy-go-lucky again. Fuckwits
  • Did look very modernised; lazy buggy mess
  • 'Unexpected technical issues', Yeah just like Cyberpunk had some 'unexpected technical issues'. What a load of crap. I bet R* looked at CDPR at an example and saw how people still paid for a broken game and wanted to test what would happen if they would do the same. The next GTA is probably gonna be a shitshow like Cyberpunk was
  • Once again a game is being released before it's properly finished. I'll probably get it in the new year when theres a sale and all the bugs are fixed
  • This is the number one reason why you dont preorder or buy games on release day
  • I think the worst of the reaction could have been tempered if they hadn't removed the earlier versions from the digital storefronts.
  • 'Unexpected' is PR talk, given the review embargoes and lack of gameplay shown off. They knew it wasnt cooked yet.
  • I think this new update has made some rampages on Vice City disappear… garbage.
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