Grand Theft Auto 4 remaster reportedly in the works; will be launched sometime in 2023
With the first three Grand Theft Auto games all set to receive a fresh coat of paint, it's time to shift focus to the fourth game in the series, Grand Theft Auto IV. Grand Theft Auto V has spanned across three consoles generations, so it's only fair that its predecessor gets a new breath of life. If a leak from an industry insider is to be believed, we could be seeing a remastered version of Grand Theft Auto IV in the not-too-distant future.
Twitter user RalphsValve has heard from sources that Grand Theft Auto IV will be remastered for PC, Xbox Series S|X, PlayStation 5, and, interestingly enough, the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, too. It will be bundled with the 'Episodes from Liberty City' (and presumably the other) DLC and will hit storefronts sometime in 2023. That is quite a long wait to play a then fifteen-year-old game, but it's not like there's a new Grand Theft Auto game due anytime soon. Lastly, the leaker adds that the Grand Theft Auto IV remaster will be bereft of multiplayer elements and focus on single-player.
While RalphsValve has had a recent track record with his leaks, we should still treat the prospect of a Grand Theft Auto IV remaster with a healthy dose of scepticism. For starters, the purported release date is about two years away, and many things can change over that span. Rumour has it that there's a Red Dead Redemption remaster in the works, too. Remastering two open-world games is quite labour-intensive and will require Rockstar to redirect talent away from Grand Theft Auto VI.