Is a Grand Theft Auto (GTA 1) remaster planned?

Does Grand Theft Auto (GTA 1) Deserve A Remaster?

With the recent trend of remastered games, many fans are wondering if Grand Theft Auto (GTA 1) should get the same treatment. Here is our opinion on the matter.

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The word “remaster” remains a touchy subject for some fans. While we've had our share of brilliant reimaginings over the years – Crash Bandicoot and Shadow of the Colossus come to mind – there have been a few, shall we say, “less successful” attempts to adapt a classic video game to a modern audience. Arguably the most infamous remaster is the ill-fated Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy, released in November last year. Plagued by a myriad of technical issues and riddled with questionable design choices, The Trilogy dealt a significant blow to Rockstar Games' credibility – which is a real shame.

Although games like San Andreas and Vice City are popular, the Grand Theft Auto series offers much more than its legendary 3D games. Grand Theft Auto VI has been in development for years. The last “original” GTA game came out almost a decade ago, so perhaps it’s time for the series to return to its roots.

A GTA 1 remaster could be fun!

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Massacre at the top

The first Grand Theft Auto (GTA 1) may have inspired the rest of the series, but it nonetheless remains a completely different franchise. The humor, witty characters, and criminal violence are all there, but you see them from above.

Even for its time, GTA's graphics looked dated. However, the game's insane replayability and unique gameplay have earned it modest success with fans. The first “expansion” brought the game to Rockstar’s native United Kingdom, a first for the series.

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Criminal inspirations

Some gamers might think that modern games should make more room for a game like the original GTA. Why would anyone choose a top-down shooter over the stunning 4K graphics of Grand Theft Auto V? The answer lies in the gameplay itself.

As expansive and entertaining as the latest installments in the series have been, they have become complicated for new players. However, the “pick-up-and-play” charm of the original GTA has been adopted by games like Hotline Miami and Retro City Rampage in recent years.

The market for this type of game may be smaller than GTA V, but that doesn't mean it wouldn't appeal to at least a dedicated niche of gamers looking for retro-inspired experiences.

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The Rockstar universe

Another reason the original GTA might need an overhaul has to do with Rockstar's convoluted shared universe. Although there is a distinction between the 3D era and the HD era, a GTA remaster could serve as a bridge to establish all GTA games in the same shared universe.

By introducing new nods to GTA's history, Rockstar has a golden opportunity to establish cross-generational storytelling with GTA games – something fans have wanted since the first Red Dead Redemption. But, funny thing, we still don't know if John Marston existed in GTA continuity.

Given that a game like Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars remains one of the best-selling games on mobile app stores, I'd say mobile might be the best choice for a Grand Theft Auto (GTA 1) remaster ). It would also establish Rockstar's dominance, with GTA Remaster on mobile and Grand Theft Auto VI on home consoles – when that game finally releases.

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