Another day, another example of GTA 6 trending on social media. The hype for the next installment in Rockstar’s long-running crime simulator series is so strong that it seems to be among the most discussed topics on my feeds at least once a week at this point. Officially, we know it’s in active development – and, as you may have noticed back in July, developer Rockstar Reportedly Prioritizing GTA 6 Over Red Dead Redemption and GTA 4 Remasters, But May Review Them.
Earlier this year, I had the pleasure of talking with the GTA 4 community that keeps Liberty City alive – an increasingly popular group of avid hobbyists, whose potential recruits are actively buying PS3 consoles in 2022, just to have fun. It’s pretty clear that people want Grand Theft Auto 6 at this point, but what do Niko Belic’s most active supporters think of an official GTA 4 remaster today? “I believe Rockstar owes it to its fans,” said El Fuga, a longtime Grand Theft Auto 4 player and the main organizer of the still active PS3 community. “We’ve also felt a bit let down in recent years.”
If I can make it here
The fact that gamers are still flocking to a game that’s now over 14 years old, scavenging outdated hardware to do so, and finding new ways to connect in and out of the game tells you all you need to know about the appeal lasting from GTA 4. But with the release of Red Dead Redemption in 2010, LA Noire in 2011, Max Payne 3 in 2012, GTA 5 in 2013, Red Dead Redemption 2 in 2018, and the seemingly perpetual appeal of GTA online – he’s responsible for Grand Theft Auto 5’s presence across three entire console generations – it’s also fair to say that Rockstar has been engaged in other ways over the past decade and a half, with more pressing priorities than revisiting Liberty City .
Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition may have applied a fresh coat of paint to old-school GTA 3, GTA: Vice City and GTA: San Andreas in late 2021, but its divisive reception (outsourced to studio third-party Grove Street Games) cast a long shadow, meaning anything straight from Rockstar in terms of a remaster would, surley, only be given the green light if it was as close to perfect as possible. For El Fuga, the GTA trilogy was a slap in the face at GTA 4 – made worse by the fact that Number Four’s 10th anniversary passed without outsize fanfare in 2018.
He says: “I think the game is worth the effort of a remaster given its popularity. They remastered GTA: San Andreas after its 10th anniversary in 2014, but on GTA 4’s tenth anniversary in 2018, it didn’t. didn’t even get a I think Rockstar owes it to its fans so they can experience the game on a newer console to give them a more up-to-date experience After all, not everyone owns their PS3 yet or is not on the Xbox side.
“On top of that, some of the old players were discussing the remaster release on our Telegram group chat. We talked about the possibility of it being a downgrade – it would basically be a remastered single player, but with worse mechanics and more importantly, no multiplayer mode. I don’t think the game needs to be changed too much. It’s important not to overdo it with the changes, otherwise the game will lose its original elements that made it made it so good, and players will feel like it’s a completely different game. I would keep the same physics and atmospheric effects and just improve the visuals to make it more modern and updated.”
The city never sleeps
With game preservation in mind, the idea of Rockstar shutting down GTA 4’s online servers can’t be far from the mind of El Fuga and the active PS3 community he coordinates. Rockstar has already shut down servers for GTA 4 on PC, and while there are still ways to play online in an unofficial capacity, applying similar restrictions to consoles would nearly kill the multiplayer scene.
That fact isn’t lost on El Fuga, and while he’s happy with what he describes as a “thriving” community at present, he has a contingency plan in place if the lights go out. extinguish on the material of his choice. “I’m on the side of the PS3, which is lively and vibrant, and I haven’t heard of any plans for it to be discontinued so far,” El Fuga said. “From what I’ve read in several forums, the reason it’s still accessible online is supposed to be because the servers for GTA 4 on PS3 are peer-to-peer based, meaning that “There are no dedicated or dependent servers. GTA 5 had a dedicated server for the PS3 which was shut down last year.”
“To that end, I have to assume that there will continue to be GTA 4 multiplayer servers for PS3 as long as PlayStation Network works for the console. But, if it closes for our platform, there will still be the Xbox side Xbox players are in luck as GTA 4 runs cross-platform on their next-gen consoles, and they can also play GTA 4 at 60fps – the original was, of course, at 30fps per second. That would be an interesting alternative, provided they don’t close there too.”
A perfect solution to avoid all that, of course, would be a full-fledged GTA 4 remaster on modern hardware. For El Fuga, while thrilled to be able to play his favorite game 14 years after it was released on a discontinued console in Europe and the US in 2016, it’s the ambiguity surrounding a potential GTA 4 remaster that frustrates him. , and more broadly active community, most. He adds, “It’s the endless rumors about a potential remaster and then seeing articles about Rockstar putting the plans on hold – it’s all confusing fans endlessly. Some clarity would be nice. And as fans, I think that we deserve this very much.”
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