Many owners of PlayStation 3 have expressed their disappointment over the early-generation revoking of backwards compatibility for PlayStation 2 games, but through the various HD re-releases of titles, Sony has effectively turned a profit on games people had already bought. These very PS2 classics, such as the Sly Cooper Collection, God of War Collection, and the Prince of Persia Trilogy, have become very popular within the community, both for fans that already experienced them, and ones that are experiencing them for the first time.
It would appear as though two of the most popular and critically acclaimed titles of the previous generation, Grand Theft Auto III and Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, will be joining those aforementioned games through Sony's "PS2 Classics" downloadable series. The games have received ratings for PlayStation 3 by the ESRB, meaning that Sony has submitted them for review. The crucial step in releasing a game is often a way for fans and media outlets alike to learn new details about upcoming releases, or in this case, learn about a digital release's existence.
Conspicuously absent from the list is Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, the third and final entry into the GTA III trilogy. While San Andreas was already released onto Xbox Live through Microsoft's short-lived "Xbox Originals" series, the title has yet to see release onto the PlayStation Network. While it would be nice to have all three of the GTA classics on one platform, it would appear as though Microsoft will not be receiving GTA III or Vice City at this time, as Sony is listed as the publisher, not Rockstar Games.
Not much else is known about these two digital re-releases, as the rating just popped up over the weekend, but with Grand Theft Auto V news looking to gather steam soon, it would certainly not be surprising to see Rockstar attempt to further cash in on its biggest moneymaking franchise.