18 May 2021 3:29 PM +00:00

GTA 3 20th Anniversary: Rockstar Games 2021 Plans Confirmed, But No Word On Remaster Or Remake

Rockstar Games seminal Grand Theft Auto 3 was first released way back in 2001 and unless you need a calculator to help you, that means you'll know full well that 2021 marks the games 20th anniversary.

For some months fans have been convinced that Rockstar were working on something to celebrate the momentous occasion.

But exactly what has Rockstar got planned, and how does this fit in with past 'leaks' we've heard about?

Read on, we'll tell you everything you need to know. But first, let's relive the game with this incredible game with the 10th-anniversary trailer.

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Official Rockstar News

As part of Rockstar Games latest newswire post on May 18, the developer disclosed plenty of new info about the upcoming GTA 5 Expanded & Enhanced Edition, as well as a few choice details about the incoming GTA Online Summer Update and Red Dead Online Summer Update.

But hidden away in the middle of it all was a pretty nonchalant mention of GTA 3. Here's the quote in full.

In honor of the upcoming 20th anniversary of the genre defining Grand Theft Auto III, we’ll have even more fun surprises to share — including some specifically for GTA Online players.
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GTA 3 Remaster 'Leaks'

Earlier this year AltChar reported on a leak from 4Chan which mentioned that Rockstar could release a HD remaster of Grand Theft Auto III as part of the games 20th anniversary.

Allegedly this would be released on October 22, 2021, the same day as when GTA III originally launched 20 years ago.

What's quite intriguing is that the 4Chan 'leak' also noted that GTA Online would receive GTA 3 themed vehicles, weapons and clothing. This would supposedly include the "Mafia Sentinel" and "Yakuza Stinger", along with weapons such as the "Flamethrower" and Claude's outfit. Based on Rockstar's official info, this sounds pretty realistic.

GTA 3 Remake Shut Down by Take-Two

Another somewhat interesting thing to consider is that earlier this year GTA publisher Take-Two went somewhat out of their way to shut down a fan-made remake of GTA 3 and Vice City.

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Some fans of the series believe GTA fans now believe that the publisher could have been detailing the fan-made remake in order to pave the way for their own 20th anniversary re-release.

Of course, it's entirely possible that the publisher didn't want their IP being used by third-party.

Still, it's somewhat intriguing and hopefully means that Rockstar has got some impressive plans to coincide with the 20th anniversary.