‘GTA: The Trilogy’ remastered on PC is available to play and purchase again
PC gamers were unable to enjoy the launch of “GTA: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition” after the game was pulled out due to several errors that were only discovered after it was released. Luckily, Rockstar Games appears to have sorted out the issues, and the remastered collection is now back up to be played or purchased on the platform.
The official Rockstar Support page on Twitter announced on Sunday, Nov. 14, at around 8 p.m. EST that the remastered “GTA: The Trilogy” is back through the Rockstar Games Launcher, the only place where PC fans can access it. “We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience, and are working to improve and update overall performance as we move forward,” the company wrote.
“GTA: The Trilogy” launched last Thursday on PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, and Nintendo Switch. However, VGC reported that PC gamers were immediately unable to play the game after the Rockstar launcher went down for maintenance.
Rockstar announced in late Friday that the PC game launcher had been fixed but the “GTA: The Trilogy” remastered remained unavailable. Around the same time, reports started to pour in on Twitter and other online platforms that data miners have found troves of information from the game’s codes. It appeared that songs featured in the original games were still in the files, but they cannot be played in the remastered collection, potentially due to expired licenses.
Data miner known as Vadin M. also found in the codes that developers had interesting internal names for some game features. For example, the fictional Prawn Island location in Vice City was reportedly internally called “Porn Island.” Vadin M. also revealed that the codes of “GTA: The Trilogy” remastered on PC contained notes from the developers.
Vadin M. also reported that the controversial “Hot Coffee” mini-game was present in the “GTA: The Trilogy” files. The infamous mini-game was a scrapped feature hidden in the “GTA: San Andreas” files in 2004. It allowed players to assume the role of protagonist CJ Johnson and have animated sexual intercourse with an in-game girlfriend.
The discovery and later dissemination of the mini-game resulted in major issues for Rockstar and Take-Two. It led to the reclassification of “GTA: San Andreas” from “M” (Mature audience) to “AO” (Adult Only) that forced Take-Two to recall and stop manufacturing the game’s original version. It reportedly cost the publisher $24 million.
Vadin M. noted that the “Hot Coffee” files do not work in the “GTA: The Trilogy” remastered collection, meaning they do not have animated images like in the original title. But considering its history, it is not surprising that Rockstar resorted to temporarily pulling out the game to “remove files unintentionally included in these versions.”