Just two weeks after getting a physical release, Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – Definitive Edition has been moved out of the UK top 40 chart.
The Xbox and PlayStation versions of the game were launched right before the arrival of the Christmas season. The digital release of the re-mastered version had taken place in the month of November.
As per the recently released GfK data, The GTA Trilogy has been completely dropped from the top 40 list. There was a lot of excitement among fans about this edition of the game but once it released, much of their enthusiasm fizzled out. Shortly after the release of the game, negative reviews started pouring in and social media users, too, didn’t have nice words to say about it.
The negativity around the game reflected in its sales too. A week after its launch, sales dropped by around 70% and the game managed to earn an underwhelming rank of 23 on the chart. Now, of course, it is out of the chart altogether.
Despite the negative press, many fans of the series tried out the game hoping it to be at least mildly engaging. To their disappointment, the game offered even less than what they had expected out of it. The popularity of the GTA series hasn’t been able to change the fortunes of this particular edition. Grand Theft Auto V features on the chart despite being released almost a decade back. It is, therefore, quite disappointing to see Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – Definitive Edition failing to sustain itself on the chart even for a month.
As reported by Metacritic, The Definitive Edition has emerged as one of the most poorly reviewed games of 2021.
The remaster collection, which was highly anticipated and had a release in November, was found to have several technical issues along with a bunch of ‘unintended’ documents inside the game files including developer notes and unlicensed music.
Rockstar Games acknowledged the presence of these issues and apologized to players for the state the game was in. They also promised to roll out a series of updates to ensure that the game gets back on track.
In an officially released statement, the gaming company stated, “The Grand Theft Auto series — and the games that make up this iconic trilogy — are as special to us as we know they are to fans around the world. The updated versions of these classic games did not launch in a state that meets our own standards of quality, or the standards our fans have come to expect.”
It further stated that they have several “ongoing plans” to resolve these technical issues and make improvements in the games that have been released recently.