The remastered GTA Trilogy is back on PC

After a delay lasting around 72 hours, Rockstar Video games lastly made Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – Definitive Edition playable and purchasable once more on PC.

“We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience, and are working to enhance and replace total efficiency as we transfer ahead,” Rockstar stated in a tweet.

The Trilogy, which incorporates remastered variations of GTA III, GTA Vice Metropolis, and GTA San Andreas, was solely accessible on PC throughout a short window on its botched November 11th launch date. The Rockstar Video games Launcher went down that very same day, stopping anybody from taking part in the GTA bundle on PC (or some other Rockstar video games, for that matter). Rockstar introduced the Launcher back on-line on November twelfth however noted that GTA: The Trilogy was unavailable to purchase or play as a result of Rockstar needed to delete recordsdata that had been “unintentionally included in these variations.”

Concerning which recordsdata had been eliminated, it would’ve had one thing to do with unlicensed music recordsdata and the “Hot Coffee” minigame. Video Games Chronicle (VGC) studies that data miners uncovered code within the remastered version for the infamous Sizzling Espresso intercourse minigame that gamers may solely entry through a mod within the unique model of GTA San Andreas.

Regardless of this, the Federal Trade Commission charged Rockstar and Take-Two on the time for allegedly deceiving the ESRB — GTA San Andreas was initially rated Mature, however the express Sizzling Espresso minigame would elevate that ranking to Adults Solely. Rockstar launched an M-rated model of San Andreas with out the minigame however ended up dropping $24 million after shops took the AO model off their cabinets.

Moreover, a separate report from VGC highlights knowledge miners who declare they discovered the “holy grail” of developer notes within the remastered video games, together with a trove of unlicensed music that developers left disabled. Any of this content material may’ve been the recordsdata Rockstar rushed to take away.

Now that The Trilogy is back on PC, Rockstar must tackle rising complaints about its efficiency and graphical points. Some gamers had been so upset within the bundle’s high quality that they refunded it earlier than it may even grow to be playable once more. And as you possibly can see from the tweet above, Rockstar is annoyingly emailing some gamers who beforehand requested for refunds simply to verify that they actually don’t need the video games.

Even your complete r/grandtheftauto subreddit has gone darkish to protest the muddy launch of The Trilogy, in addition to Rockstar’s removing of the unique GTA trilogy from recreation shops like Steam. When you attempt to go to the subreddit, you’ll be met with this message:

The issues gamers are experiencing with the video games aren’t remoted to the PC model both — glitches and bugs are plaguing the remastered video games throughout all platforms. Gamers are shocked on the look of a few of the “remastered” characters and different graphical points, similar to one which causes blinding rainstorms. Rockstar says it’s working in the direction of enhancing the sport’s “total efficiency” sooner or later, however it might already be too late.

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