'Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy - The Definitive Edition' Makes Its Appearance On Netflix


Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy - The Definitive Edition is Rockstar Games' 2021 compilation of three action-adventure games in the Grand Theft Auto series.

They include the 2001 Grand Theft Auto III, the 2002 Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, and the 2004 Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. The original games, which became instant classics, have been remastered with updated visuals and gameplay.

It was the eighth-best-selling game in November 2021, and the 20th-best-selling in December.

Two years later, in just in time for the holidays, and following a two-year development that focused on maintaining the hype of the original games, Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy - The Definitive Edition is making its way to mobile.

And that is through Netflix.


"Three iconic locations, three epic stories," said Netflix in the announcement.

By partnering with Netflix, the trio games are making their official presence on mobile. And for users of Netflix, they can play the game with no extra cost.

All they have to do is just install the Netflix app through Apple's App Store or the Google Play Store, and subscribe to the video-streaming platform.

Netflix is making the games available starting December 14, 2023, with enthusiasts allowed to pre-register to be notified.

In order for the games to run well on devices with smaller screens, like smartphones, the games have been further tweaked and optimized just for that purpose.

It's worth noting that December 2023 is also a big month for Grand Theft Auto fans, as it's also the release month of the much-anticipated trailer of Grand Theft Auto 6, which marks the first major release for the Grand Theft Auto franchise.

Take-Two Interactive’s Rockstar Games originally released Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy - The Definitive Edition for PlayStation 4/5, Xbox One/Series X and Nintendo Switch.

At first, the game had a bit of a bumpy launch, but it has since been patched to fix bugs, textures, and much more.

According to Netflix co-CEO Greg Peters said on its earnings in October:

"Games is a huge entertainment opportunity,"

"We're talking about $140 billion worth of consumer spend on games outside of China and outside of Russia. And from a strategic perspective, we believe that we can build games into a strong content category, leveraging our current core film and series by connecting members, especially members that are fans of specific IPs, with games that they will love."

Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy - The Definitive Edition

Peters said Netflix has the ability to "cost effectively acquire new players," which can then be leveraged to improve Netflix's core business.

"We increase engagement. We increase retention. We Increase value delivered. Those all drive our core business metrics," he added.

Two years after Netflix debuted its first games, the company's executive said that the strategy is indeed meeting its goals of lifting total customer engagement.

"Our job is to incrementally scale to the place where games have a material impact on the business," said Peters. "We’ve got ambitious plans there. We want to really grow our engagement by many multiples of where it is today over the next handful of years."

The addition of these three classic Grand Theft Auto games will bring Netflix's gaming library to over 80 titles.

While Netflix's collection of games is far from the largest, it's considered one of the most well-curated, especially since a lot of these games are being offered exclusively on mobile via only a Netflix subscription, and that they come with no ads, no in-app purchases, or extra fees.