Modified 03 March 2023 21:01 IST
The rumored GTA San Andreas VR was announced four months ago, on October 28th, 2021, at Meta’s (formerly Facebook) Connect 2022 livestream event.
The proposed virtual reality title from Rockstar Games and its collaborators should be featured for play on the Oculus Quest 2 VR headset. Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg said in the live event that Oculus had been working on the game for many years at this point.
Since then, nobody has reported anything worth mentioning about GTA San Andreas VR and its development. This article aims to help readers understand the current state of the game, its rumored release date, and more.
Full GTA San Andreas VR DetailsLearn more about the announcement GTA San Andreas VR for Oculus Quest 2 is being developed by Video Games Deluxe, the studio that announced a AAA Rockstar VR game last year. This is the same studio behind Rockstar’s LA Noire: The VR Case Files (youtu.be/Rd9Lg-farIw).
As confirmed by a LinkedIn post from development studio Video Games Deluxe, contracted with Rockstar Games and Oculus, it had started development of the anticipated remastered version of GTA San Andreas on VR systems.
Video Games Deluxe is also responsible for developing the VR version of LA Noire by Rockstar Games called LA Noire: The VR Case Files.
The current state of the game
One thing to note is that this extremely ambitious project has been entrusted to a team of just 11 professionals.
Typically, a generic VR port version of a game title takes around 8-12 months to develop. Unusually, Oculus said it worked on the game for many years.
I have emailed Meta PR regarding the status of San Andreas VR but have not received a response.
I really wouldn’t be surprised if the project was cancelled. I have emailed twice but still nothing from the PR teams.
Popular Twitter user Ben (@videotech_), who works with Rockstar INTEL, posted the aforementioned tweet two days ago. In it, he reported that he had emailed Meta’s PR team regarding the current status of GTA SA VR, but had received no replies.
He went on to say that he had contacted her twice but still hadn’t received a response. Given all of this, Ben suspects it’s highly unlikely that the VR version of the classic game GTA San Andreas will be released.
@videotech_ @NationalPepper As far as we know the GTA San Andreas: VR port will use the DE version, this comes via the leaked files that showed a first person mode in SA.
So if I had to guess, they’re waiting for the game to get to a better place technically, which has slowed down development.
Twitter user KARIM (@374_Karim) believes the VR port will use features from the Definitive Edition version in its codebase. This idea stems from the fact that the game’s leaked files showed a first-person mode in GTA San Andreas.
Possible release dates
With no major announcement or reaction from Rockstar Games or Oculus so far, fans can only speculate on the release date.
It’s been nearly two years since the title was hinted at in early 2021, and with no response from either developers or partners, it’s difficult to pinpoint an exact release date.
The PS VR2 has been released and some believe the game could be released soon.
There has been no official statement from Rockstar Games regarding the price of GTA San Andreas VR. But a look at similar VR titles might give you an idea of the price range.
Video Games Deluxe’s final VR title, LA Noire: The VR Case Files, is available on Steam for $29.99. So the estimated price of GTA SA VR could be between $25-$35. It could be more as it will be in high demand upon release.
Players can only hope that the game will be released for the Oculus Quest 2 VR headset and even the latest PSVR 2 headset as soon as possible. One thing is for sure, the hopefully well-developed VR port will make its mark on the virtual reality gaming industry.