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Rockstar Games Angers Players With GTA Trilogy Remasters' Launcher-Exclusivity

GTA series fans are angry at Rockstar Games for making upcoming remaster trilogy exclusive to Rockstar Launcher for PC.

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Rockstar Games Angers Players With GTA Trilogy Remasters' Launcher-Exclusivity

Months after various industry insiders claiming a remastered bundle of classic Grand Theft Auto trilogy of games being in works, developer/publisher Rockstar Games have finally announced it lately following a data leak on their storefront.

Rockstar also mentioned removing classic versions of GTA Trilogy from digital outlets, including Steam and keeping Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy - The Definitive Edition exclusive to their own launcher, therefore angering all players on PC.

Starting from next week, Rockstar Games will be removing classic versions of Grand Theft Auto III, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas and Grand Theft Auto: Vice City from sales and disappointed fans are expressing their anger on social media.

A subtle emphasis on Rockstar Launcher for PC version clearly indicates to platform exclusivity for upcoming GTA trilogy remaster. Rockstar is pushing players to their PC client by completely removing these classic GTA games from Steam.

One content creator has stated utter frustration at Rockstar Games' decision of exclusivity over at Twitter.

It has been a few decades for some of those titles already and buying digital copies or finding a physical version will be almost impossible. Some players just want to play original game version without any change or graphical improvements.

After rumors started spreading online of a remastered trilogy of GTA classics, there has been an increase in sales of these games. Ahead of official reveal, parent company Take-Two Interactive has taken down various popular mods for GTA.

Aside from pushing people to use their launcher, Rockstar Games is probably unwilling to share a 30% revenue split on Steam storefront. Take-Two will not even settle for a market-lowest rate of minimum 12% sales cut on Epic Games Store.

Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy - The Definitive Edition will be releasing for Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S later this year, followed by a mobile version for Android and iOS devices in Q2 2022.