Rockstar to give classic releases to PC players for free.
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The state in which all three titles in Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy - The Definitive Edition released in could be considered "laughable" at best and downright terrible at worst. By now, you have probably seen countless clips shared on YouTube and social media about the numerous bugs and glitches present in this release.

The release was so bad that Rockstar Games had to temporarily pull the PC version of the game from being sold and from even being accessible to those that had already purchased the title. It was pulled in order for Rockstar to remove some extra files from the package, some of which were unlicensed music tracks.

Other than that, Rockstar has been very quiet about what is going on with this "Definitive Edition" release. Today, they finally broke that silence saying that "the updated versions of these classic games did not launch in a state that meets our own standards of quality, or the standards that fans have come to expect."

The studio says that they have plans to address the technical issues and to "improve each game going forward." To kick things off, Rockstar says that there will be a new Title Update arriving "in the coming days" that will "address a number of issues." Though specifics weren't shared, Rockstar says that they will update everyone as soon as it goes live.

In an effort to to calm the waters, at least for PC players, Rockstar says that they will be adding the classic PC versions of Grand Theft Auto III, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, and Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas back to the Rockstar Store as a bundle. In addition, everyone that purchased GTA The Trilogy - The Definitive Edition from the Rockstar Store through June 30, 2022 will get the classic versions of each game for free.

Of course, those versions should have never been pulled from being on sale in the first place, even with this updated bundle getting released. Besides greed and a desire to force consumers to spending $60 for the new versions, there was no reason for those older titles to be pulled from every storefront.

Last, but certainly not least, Rockstar touches upon the fact that a number of the development team behind the Definitive Edition have been receiving harassment and threats on social media.

In the meantime, it pains us to mention that we are hearing reports of members of the development teams being harassed on social media. We would kindly ask our community to please maintain a respectful and civil discourse around this release as we work through these issues.
Stop threatening and harassing developers. What the hell is wrong with you that you need to threaten other people, let alone threaten other people that worked on a video game. It doesn't matter what state the game released in, it's still just a video game. Go outside and get some damn perspective.