Is Rockstar trying to make it right for their customers?
Over the weekend Rockstar Games decided to give customers (on the PC) access to the classics versions of GTAIII, Vice City, and San Andreas, which they previously made unavailable for download after the release of Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition. Not only is Rockstar giving access to the classic versions, they are giving them for free if you had purchased the PC version of Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition.
Why the change of mind? It’s probably due to the disaster launch they had with Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition. The fans seemed to have expected the original trilogy with the graphics of GTA V, or at least that was the wish. What they didn’t expect is the bug-filled ugly port that was delivered at full price. Or maybe they made the decision after getting dragged on social media and all the bad press they were getting from game review sites. Don’t forget angering the modding community that has been putting in countless hours to make the classics more enjoyable.
Not since CD Projekt Red have we seen a launch go up in flames. But this was different, this is Rockstar. The company that delayed Grand Theft Auto V and Red Dead Redemption 2 because they weren’t ready. That’s the Rockstar Games that the public has come to know. Yeah, they’ll delay it, but what they deliver will definitely be worth the wait. This time there was no wait, and definitely wasn’t worth a full price tag of $60 USD.
My opinion is that its an excellent decision to make available their past work. Past work that came out when it was better prepared for launch. Past work that was revolutionary. Past work where the company seems to want to earn your business, instead of coming off like they’re entitled to it.