Rockstar Games Apologizes To GTA Fans For The Definitive Edition Issues, First Update Already Released

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It’s been 10 days since Rockstar Games released Grand Theft Auto The Trilogy: The Definitive Edition. And you probably know what we’re talking about here. Grove Street Games took three legendary games – GTA 3, GTA Vice City, and GTA San Andreas – made remastered versions of each game, and released them in a bundle known as The Definitive Edition. But, although widely expected, The Definitive Edition turned out to be a let-down.

Although some good things were said, most fans have been criticizing the graphics, saying that the characters’ design looked too cartoonish. Fans have also discovered numerous issues and bugs in all three games, and many pointed out that you can’t see a bloody thing while it’s raining at night in San Andreas. That caused many fans to ask for refunds and the return of old versions of the game, which were removed from Rockstar Launcher and online stores ahead of The Definitive Edition’s release.

Now, Rockstar released a public statement on their official website, apologizing to fans for all the problems that occurred, and also promising that they’ll return classic versions of the games on PC on Rockstar Launcher.

“Firstly, we want to sincerely apologize to everyone who has encountered issues playing these games.

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.

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


We will be adding the classic PC versions of Grand Theft Auto III, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, and Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas back to the Rockstar Store shortly as a bundle. Additionally, everyone who has purchased Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition for PC from the Rockstar Store through June 30, 2022, will receive these classic versions in their Rockstar Games Launcher library at no additional cost.”

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While they were apologizing to fans, the first update – 1.02 – for The Definitive Edition was already released. The full list of fixes can be checked here. Spoiler alert, the list is quite long.

I, author of this text, preordered the physical copy of The Definitive Edition and it should arrive on December 7. When I try it out myself, I’ll see if the situation is really that bad, although maybe the updates will fix most of the issues before I even get a chance to encounter them. Regardless of the feedback, I’m forward to trying it out.

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