PS2-era Grand Theft Auto’s arriving on Switch remastered?

Today: Twisted Metal might be coming back but without David Jaffe — Activision Blizzard is cleaning house by getting rid of developers — Phil Spencer reveals himself as a Steam Deck fanboy

GTA trilogy remaster for Nintendo Switch

Art and logos of GTA 3, Vice City and San Andreas

Get ready for a crime spree on Switch: Rumours say that a remastered Grand Theft Auto trilogy is on the way.

The remaster will not be Switch exclusive and can be expected to hit other platforms as well. It's not the first time the older Grand Theft Auto games get a bit of a facelift since they have been ported to a variety of platforms over the years.

  • Grand Theft Auto III launched on PlayStation 2 in October 2001
  • Rockstar North was still known as DMA Design
  • Brought the already successful series into full 3D
  • Later ports replaced original music since licenses lapsed
  • Trilogy will include GTA 3, Vice City and San Andreas
  • Red Dead Redemption could also be a candidate for remastering

Mod police: Rockstar has been cracking down on various community modding efforts aimed at improving and overhauling the older Grand Theft Auto games, and there has been speculation that upcoming remasters could be motivating the sudden interest in fan projects.

November 2021: The remastered versions are apparently powered by Unreal Engine, and uses a mix of old and new graphics. The remasters are expected to launch on Switch and other consoles in early November, though the PC and mobile versions might be delayed until early next year. 

Fill the blank: Your team in Metal Gear Solid would mock you if you had a _____ TV

a) Mono
b) Black and White
c) Panasonic
d) Sony

The answer will be revealed at the bottom of today's issue. Join up with our community on Twitter and Facebook to discuss what the answer could be.

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Ghost of Tsushima artwork of Jin Sakai

The civilization-spanning 4X strategy Humankind is out this week and available day one on Xbox Game Pass. There’s also the Director’s Cut from Sucker Punch for the highly acclaimed Ghost of Tsushima.

Monday – August 16th

  • Road 96 for PC, NS

Tuesday – August 17th

  • Humankind for PC, Mac, Stadia

Thursday – August 19th

  • 12 Minutes for PC, XBO, XSX
  • Recompile for PC, PS5, XSX
  • RiMS Racing for PC, NS, PS4, PS5, XBO, XSX
  • Yuoni for PC, PS4, PS5, XBO, XSX

Friday – August 20th

  • Ghost of Tsushima Director's Cut for PS4, PS5
  • Madden NFL 22 for PC, PS4, PS5, XBO, XSX, Stadia

David Jaffe not thrilled about being left out of possible Twisted Metal revival

Animated GIF of Twisted Metal combat

Sony's new movie and TV studio PlayStation Productions are working on a Twisted Metal television adaptation according to Tom Henderson, who has previously reported insider information on Battlefield and Call of Duty. There is apparently also a new game in the works.

The game will supposedly launch alongside the TV show, both being expected in 2023. However, Twisted Metal and God of War creator David Jaffe is not convinced that the old vehicle combat series is being brought back from the dead.

’Sad if true’: “If it’s true I would be very, very hurt that PlayStation didn’t ask for my input at best, or at worst, at least let me know it was happening,” Jaffe said on his YouTube channel.

Nineties kid: The first Twisted Metal game launched on PlayStation and PC in November 1995, before becoming a PlayStation exclusive with Twisted Metal 2 in 1996. The last game in the series was the reboot Twisted Metal for PlayStation 3 in 2012.

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  • Super Rare Mixtape Vol. 1 compilation for PC with Behind the Mixtape video breakdown from Super Rare Games
  • Phil Spencer praises Steam Deck, calling it “really nice” after spending a week with one while visiting Valve
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Fill the blank: Your team in Metal Gear Solid would mock you if you had a _____ TV

Col Campbell is disappointed in your TV in the remake too

ANSWER: Mono!

The Metal Gear series is full of secrets, Easter eggs and fourth wall breaking. The classic example is Psycho Mantis reading your memory card, but some of the dialogue in the first game also makes fun of people who have a mono TV.

During the rooftop battle against the Hind-D helicopter, Roy Campbell tells you to figure out where the hind is by listening to the sound of its rotor blades. However, if you have a mono TV or set the audio to mono, Campbell will express his shock and horror. To add insult to injury, the entire rest of your support team will pitch in to witness your disgrace.

Today's issue of DailyBits was written by Gavin Herman, Erlend Grefsrud, Simon Priest, and Jamie Davey. If you have any feedback or news tips for the team, please email us!