Over the past decade or so, Rockstar Games has established itself as one of the most reliable and revolutionary publishers in the world of gaming. When looking back at the company's catalog, one will run into one classic followed by another. Not only has Rockstar had massive success with more recent titles like Red Dead Redemption 2 and Grant Theft Auto V, but its earlier titles have withstood the test of time and solidified themselves as classics. In fact, many of those games are so good, that it begs the question of why Rockstar never opted to remake any of them.
If you haven't been paying attention lately, nostalgia has become a huge driving factor in the marketability of today's games, and each and every year, remade versions of classic games are hitting shelves and breaking sales records. Resident Evil 2, a remake of the 1998 classic of the same name, is widely considered to be one of 2019's best games. Not only that, but the upcoming remakes of Destroy All Humans! and SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle For Bikini Bottom have already established themselves as some of the most anticipated games of 2020. People love revisiting games that they grew up playing, and it's hard to believe that the market potential for remakes will fade any time soon.
Rockstar's Most Popular Games And Franchises
Given this information, it's a wonder why a publisher like Rockstar, which has so many successful, nostalgic games, has never remade any of its classic titles. With so much great content with such outdated graphics, it seems only reasonable that the games would eventually receive remakes. However, that hasn't been the case. On that note, the Rockstar franchise that would surely pull in the most revenue from remakes would obviously be Grand Theft Auto.
Although GTA V is still one of the world's most popular titles today, classic games like Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, as well as Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas will undoubtedly sell millions of units if they were to ever receive a remake. What makes this even more clear is the fact that the online modding community has created dozens of versions of GTA: San Andreas with 2019's graphics and videos of those creations have amassed millions of views on YouTube. Both of these titles, along with earlier GTA releases, are held in high regard by the millions of gamers that grew up playing them, and many of those gamers would be over the moon about updated versions.
Even though Grand Theft Auto is the clearest choice to bring in revenue via remakes, there are a handful of other classic games that would be almost as popular. From the schoolyard action-adventure title Bully to the video game adaptation of the 1979 movie of the same name The Warriors, Rockstar has developed a huge catalog of games over the years that would sell excellently if updated and rereleased. Even the game's long-forgotten racing series, Midnight Club, would work excellently in a world that seems so deprived of good racers as of late.
So, What's Rockstar Waiting For?
The money is there to be made, so the question is, why isn't Rockstar making it? The answer that seems to be the most likely is actually pretty simple: it doesn't have the bandwidth. Rockstar went from being a publisher of many games released fairly frequently within a short period of time, to one that releases a new game only every five or six years. Since 2013, it has only released two games, and Grand Theft Auto VI, the publisher's next expected title, doesn't seem to be coming out for at least a few more years. Rockstar has begun creating such massively ambitious games that most of the company's time and effort has to be spent on those games. Due to this, it is unable to release nearly as many titles as it used to, which means that it also doesn't have the time to remake earlier titles.
The fact that Rockstar hasn't remade any of its titles, and that the company doesn't show any signs of beginning to do so any time soon, is definitely a bit disappointing. That being said, the fact that Rockstar is able to bring us such breathtaking, industry-defining games every few years or so is something that should certainly be appreciated. That fact is well worth the price of not being able to play an updated version of Grant Theft Auto: Vice City, even if it would be pretty damn cool.