Grand Theft Auto fans were very excited to experience Rockstar’s GTA Trilogy Remastered, but that experience ended up being both buggy and ugly. Now, the game is getting patched, and the first patch is coming in the next few days.
According to a recent Rockstar blog post, “The updated versions of these classic games did not launch in a state that meets our own standards of quality, or the standards our fans have come to expect.” Their goal with the patch is simple: they hope “the games will reach the level of quality that they deserve to be.”
Of course, saying that these remastered games don’t meet “the standards our fans have come to expect” is quite the understatement. There are many strange bugs that affect gameplay, including the way cars drive to causing planes to mysteriously crash.
But the worst part is the graphics. Updating the old graphics to next-gen standards seemed like it would be fairly straightforward. But fans have been shocked to discover many instances where the original character models looked better than the remastered one. And the lazy remastering has caused other strange side effects that range from distorting background text to turning a giant decorative lugnut into a circle. Other players noted occasions where they shot out a car’s window and the glass simply disappeared instead of shattering as it originally did.
Adding insult to injury, Rockstar had previously de-listed the original games, making it impossible for PC players to easily return to those superior versions. And they also went after the modding community in an attempt to make sure no players could experience the original games with enhanced graphics.
Amid all the fan backlash, though, Rockstar seems to have learned some lessons. They will be re-listing the original games for PC, and they seem hopeful that this upcoming patch can fix the remastered games. But whether these actions are enough to win over skeptical fans remains to be seen.