Rockstar’s new remastered trilogy of Grand Theft Auto III, San Andreas, and Vice City, collectively known as Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition, is playable once more on PC. It’s also available for purchase again.
This comes after the PC version of the trilogy was unplayable and not available for purchase beginning November 12 as Rockstar’s launcher, which must be used to play the trilogy on PC, went offline. The launcher (and subsequent ability to play the game and purchase it on PC) was brought back online yesterday.
Rockstar announced this by way of a tweet yesterday and, in the same tweet, the company says it sincerely apologizes for the inconvenience and that it is “working to improve and update overall performance as we move forward.”
Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition is again available through the Rockstar Games Launcher for play and purchase. We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience, and are working to improve and update overall performance as we move forward: https://t.co/hAfEKqYS3o
— Rockstar Support (@RockstarSupport) November 15, 2021
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Original Story, 11/12/21:
If you purchased Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition, you’re not actually able to play it at the moment because the Rockstar Games Launcher is down and has been down for nearly 20 hours.
As first reported by IGN, Rockstar’s own game launcher went down about 18 hours ago and because that’s how PC players must access the trilogy, they aren’t able to play their new games. Rockstar has also pulled the trilogy from sale on PC so if you don’t already own it, it’s not something you can purchase at the moment.
“Services for the Rockstar Games Launcher and supported titles are temporarily offline for maintenance,” the official Rockstar Support Twitter account tweeted yesterday. “Services will return as soon as maintenance is completed.”
Services for the Rockstar Games Launcher and supported titles are temporarily offline for maintenance. Services will return as soon as maintenance is completed.
— Rockstar Support (@RockstarSupport) November 11, 2021
Rockstar Support tweeted out an update 14 hours after that first tweet: maintenance was still occurring and the launcher was still down. There’s been no update since then at the time of this writing.
Other than needed “maintenance,” Rockstar has not formally announced exactly what’s wrong or what’s going on with trilogy. Perhaps something happened on the backend of the launcher or maybe something is messed up in the code of the PC version. Hopefully Rockstar updates players on what happened when the game goes back online (and is available for purchase again).
While waiting for that, check out the full track list available in the trilogy and then read about how Rockstar had to remove a couple of cheats from it due to technical reasons. Check out this story about how San Andreas is being developed for Oculus Quest 2 after that.
Have you checked out Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition yet? Let us know what you think of it so far in the comments below!