Netflix subscribers can now play GTA Trilogy on their iOS and Android smartphones for free
Well, the catch is that Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition is only available to Netflix subscribers, and only for those on iOS and Android smartphones. And without additional charges.
Initially launched in 2021 for consoles and PC, the trilogy includes GTA 3, GTA: Vice City, and GTA: San Andreas but faced criticism from gamers due to various technical and visual issues. The adverse feedback led to a delayed mobile release, now set for December 2023. Rockstar, the developer, appears to have taken the feedback into consideration, aiming to offer a refined gaming experience in this latest release.
A key feature of this mobile edition is the newly introduced Classic Lighting mode, designed to replicate the aesthetic of the original games. This addition seems to have addressed some of the visual shortcomings noted in the original release, with players who had early access reporting an enhanced visual experience.
For mobile users not subscribed to Netflix, the games are available for individual purchase. Each title is priced at S$6.98 (while the Trilogy bundle goes for S$17.98) on the App Store and Google Play. This pricing strategy poses an interesting comparison to Netflix's subscription costs. In Singapore, a standard, ad-free Netflix subscription is priced at S$12.98 per month, potentially offering more value for those interested in a broader range of entertainment options, including these games.
This launch marks a significant step for Netflix in expanding its gaming portfolio and offers Grand Theft Auto enthusiasts a new avenue to experience these classic titles. The move also reflects the ongoing trend of cross-platform availability in the gaming industry, blurring the lines between traditional gaming consoles and mobile devices (see Resident Evil Village arriving for iOS, for example).
Meanwhile, you can also watch the trailer to the true sequel, Grand Theft Auto VI, for modern consoles here. Just don't expect this one to be launched for mobile so soon.
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