There’s nothing as bewildering as celebrating the legacy of your landmark franchise by removing a bunch of the titles from sale, but that’s exactly what’s happening. Alongside the announcement of Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy — an updated, upgraded bundle featuring GTA 3, Vice City, and San Andreas coming to all current (and last gen) consoles as well as the Rockstar Launcher on PC — Rockstar also confirmed that existing digital releases of these titles on console and PC stores will be delisted starting the week of October 11th.
The move is understandable from a consumer confusion angle because Rockstar has already released other bundles titled exactly the same way and apparently couldn’t think up a flashier title for the upcoming bundle. One sticking point about the news is that the current Steam versions seem likely to be delisted next week while Rockstar has, so far, only confirmed the new Trilogy release on PC for their own Rockstar Games Launcher. The new bundle may not make it to Steam (or the Epic Games Store) until some time later… or maybe not at all.
With the October 8, 2021 announcement of Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition for PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and the Rockstar Games Launcher, previous versions and bundles featuring these titles will be removed from console and PC digital retailers as of the week of October 11, 2021.
Players who purchased these titles previously will still be able to download and play them on their respective purchase platforms.Rockstar Support Page
For those looking to keep track or pick up the existing digital releases before they’re gone, here’s the rundown of what’s available out there:
- Grand Theft Auto III (Rockstar, Steam)
- Grand Theft Auto: Vice City (Rockstar, Steam)
- Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas (Rockstar, Steam)
- Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy (Steam)
- Grand Theft Auto III (PS3, PS4)
- Grand Theft Auto: Vice City (PS3*, PS4)
- Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas (PS3, PS4)
- Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy (PS3, PS4)
- Grand Theft Auto V & San Andreas Bundle (PS4)
*Vice City appears to no longer be available in Europe individually. The game is included in the original Trilogy bundle for PS3 remains available
And of course you can get really authentic and find the original retail releases of the games on disc for PlayStation 2, Xbox, PC, and even Xbox 360 in some regions. Download codes for Steam will probably be available for a while longer from the various reseller sites. Thanks to everyone who pointed out the news this week.