It’s fair to say that the launch Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – Definitive Edition did not go according to plan. At first, many players disagreed with some of the changes made to the updated games, then Rockstar was forced to delete the PC version of the game in order to delete the data files that were left by accident. To make matters worse, buyers are now demanding refunds.
There would appear to be other files included in the game that could also be removed at some point, as the data miners discovered that the infamous Hot Coffee code was still in the game – although it’s worth noting that it doesn’t seem like this can be included in the final version:
In case you didn’t know, Hot Coffee was a naughty hidden minigame in the original 2004 release. Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas which contained (ahem) “adult content.” The game was not available at launch, but a mod was released for the PC version that granted access. After that, it was discovered that the same resources were present in the console versions, and modders quickly enabled them in those versions as well.
GTA has always been a pretty touchy subject for mainstream media, but Hot Coffee has taken that cold relationship to a whole new level. Rockstar eventually released an updated version of the game that removed Hot Coffee and fixed the original release, but was sued for initially enabling the minigame. Rockstar parent company Take-Two decided to settle a class action lawsuit with the FTC, paying just under $ 20 million in 2009.
Grove Street Games – the company behind this new version of GTA Trilogy – has responded to criticism, and its CEO and owner Thomas Williamson said updates are on the way.