The upcoming GTA: San Andreas VR port for the Oculus Quest 2 was one of the bigger surprises of Facebook Connect 2021, and now we know who's working on it: Video Games Deluxe, the same developer that brought us LA Noire: The VR Case Files.
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas is inarguably a classic of the open-world crime game genre. It is one of three titles that is included with Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy - The Definitive Edition, a remastered set of the 3D-era GTA gamers that is likely being made in the Unreal Engine.
A bunch of classic GTA games getting a remaster isn't that big of a surprise, but Rockstar Games managed to do something that no one expected: it's going to be bringing Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas to VR as announced at Facebook Connect 2021. Now, we know the name of at least one game development studio that's working on it -- and it looks like this upcoming game is in good hands.
Will GTA: San Andreas VR Avoid the Mistakes of L.A. Noire?
The adaptation of GTA: San Andreas VR will certainly attract a lot of attention, but people familiar with the history of Video Games Deluxe and L.A. Noire: The VR Case Files may have cause for concern. Simply put, the L.A. Noire VR Port was missing a fair amount of content.
Indeed, the list of Cases for L.A. Noire: The VR Case Files that less than 25% of the original game's Cases are included in the VR version. Understandably, this has contributed to the VR version of the game having a "Mixed" rating on Steam -- a stark comparison to the "Very Positive" rating of the original version.
That said, we can't be certain about the exact scope of GTA: San Andreas VR. We now know that Video Games Deluxe has been working on the Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas VR version since last year. It still seems a ways off from release and its developer is "heavily recruiting" for this project, a notion that may ease any concerns about missing content.
"As announced at the Facebook Connect event we are beavering away on one of the world's [best-loved] games for VR," read a LinkedIn post from Video Games Deluxe (via UploadVR). "We are heavily recruiting for this and other projects."
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas is a very different beast from L.A. Noire -- especially in terms of popularity. For now, all we can do is hope that its developer will manage to squeeze in the dozens of hours of fun into the Quest 2 headset without cutting too much. You can buy Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas and L.A. Noire via their respective official websites.
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