Rockstar will withdraw console and PC versions from all online stores. GTA III, Vice City e San Andreas. The developer did not give a specific date and time, but guaranteed that by the end of this week the games will no longer be listed.
On Monday afternoon (11) the titles are still available for purchase. On Steam, for example, Vice City e GTA III are going out for R$14.99 each, while San Andreas costs R$20.49. On PSN, you can still buy the 3rd game in the main series numbered for R$ 62.50 (PS4).
Rockstar’s rationale for removing games is “preparing for release” of GTA: The Trilogy — The Definitive Edition. The title will arrive later this year for PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series S/X, PC and Switch with the trio of classic games remastered.
— Rockstar Games (@RockstarGames) October 8, 2021
And despite the good news, gamers are worried about the price of the upcoming release. British retailer Base has listed on its website that the game could come at a cost of 54.85 pounds sterling (about R$412 at current prices) for older-generation consoles and 64.85 pounds ($488) for the current generation.
In addition to the possibility of GTA: The Trilogy — The Definitive Edition to be released at a “full price”, the community also raised an important debate about the preservation of video games.
Removal would be detrimental to the history of the industry and would make it difficult for new players to access older versions of the original games that were released in the early 2000s.