Rockstar appear to have removed the confederate flag from GTA Vice City in the Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – Definitive Edition. The collection will include GTA 3, GTA Vice City, and GTA San Andreas. All three of the game will remain mostly the same, but with some heavy updates to lighting, draw distance and graphics.
One fan on the GTA subreddit noticed something very unusual about one of the characters in the trailer, GTA Vice City character Phil Cassidy can be spotted wearing a new shirt, The shirt now has a skull on it rather than the Confederate flag from the original game.
We’re not exactly sure what prompted Rockstar to make this change, it’s presumably due to the changing times and keeping a modern audience in mind, or maybe it’s that the change was only made for the trailer.
Some fans have voiced their opinion about the change in the comments on the original reddit post “I dislike the Confederate battle flag in real life but even I’m against removing it from games,” reads the top comment. The point of showing it in game was to be satirical and parody and make fun of said red necks. One of the bests ways to critique evil or s****y people is parody and comedy.”
While the change is unconfirmed for now, its hard to argue with the above screenshot, it’s unlikely that Rockstar will address the ‘controversy’ but we’ll keep you updated if they do.