• Alberto Mezzalira

Take-Two confirmed the development of three unannounced remasters of previously released games

Take-Two Interactive has confirmed the projects during an investor presentation published this week, which lists three unannounced “new iterations of previously released titles”.

These titles are listed along with the PS5 and Xbox Series X|S version of Grand Theft Auto V and Kerbal Space Program, as well as a planned standalone version of Grand Theft Auto Online.

Take-Two has confirmed the plan of developing remasters of its past titles. In March, the company’s CEO Strauss Zelnick discussed its strategy in this area and suggested that it wasn’t interested in releasing ‘simple ports’.

Mafia: Trilogy, a collection of remasters and a remake, was released in May 2020 and Rockstar is currently gearing up to bring a remastered version of Grand Theft Auto V to PS5 and Xbox Series X/S in the second half of calendar 2021.

Speaking during the Morgan Stanley Technology, Media & Telecom Conference, Zelnick was asked to clarify whether remasters will become a bigger part of the company’s strategy for the near future.

“I’m not sure there’ll be a bigger part of the strategy,” he responded. “Remastering has always been a part of the strategy. We’ve done differently than the competition – we don’t just port titles over, we actually take the time to do the very best job we can making the title different for the new release, for the new technology that we’re launching it on. So, we improve the technology, we upgrade the visuals, and we make performance enhancements. And that’s why I think our remastered titles typically do so well.”

When asked about the potential for remastering old GTA games during a call in February, Zelnick gave a vague answer.

During a Q&A session, an analyst suggested it was likely that a significant portion of GTAV players might never have played earlier games in the series. Given the huge appetite for Grand Theft Auto content, he asked for Take-Two’s perspective on further remasters.

“It’s a great and encouraging question,” Zelnick responded. “I’m kind of inclined to leave it more as a statement than a question and any update on our release schedule will come from Rockstar Games.”