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Image courtesy of Rockstar Games

Rockstar is celebrating the 20th anniversary of "Grand Theft Auto III" with news that its upcoming bundle, "Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy The Definitive Edition," launches Nov. 11.

Driving the news: The Trilogy — which packages "Grand Theft Auto III," "Grand Theft Auto: Vice City," and "Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas" will be available via PlayStation Store, the Microsoft Store on Xbox, Nintendo eShop and the Rockstar Games Launcher.

  • A physical release is set for Dec. 7 on Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4.
  • The Definitive Edition includes modern upgrades to its controls, visuals and more.

Why it matters: "Grand Theft Auto III" was Rockstar’s breakout success, dominating as the best-selling game in 2001 and paving the way for open-world games.

  • In a prepared statement, Rockstar co-studio head Aaron Garbut credited "GTA III" as the game that "helped clarify our approach to making games, and it’s something that has stuck with us in every game we make, from 'GTA III' through to 'GTAV,' the 'Red Dead Redemption' series and everything else."
  • "We are focused on building worlds — and on making these worlds as believable, detailed, interesting, varied and alive as possible. We want to make worlds that you feel like you are living in, that feel dynamic and filled with other characters."

What’s next: Rockstar is also planning "special surprises" for the anniversary of "GTA III" in "GTA Online."

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Congressional leaders clinch support for crucial defense bill, debt limit votes

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer passes waiting reporters on Tuesday. Photo: Eric Lee/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Congress has found a shortcut to pass its annual defense funding bill and raise the debt limit.

Driving the news: The House voted Tuesday night on two major bills — one creating a one-time, fast-track process for the Senate to raise the debt ceiling with just 51 votes, and another passing its annual defense bill.

House passes annual defense bill

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

The House voted to pass the annual defense bill 363-70 on Tuesday night, authorizing nearly $770 billion in funding for defenses and national security programs.

Why it matters: The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) still has to clear the Senate, but the House passage greatly increases the chances that the must-pass defense bill will move through both chambers of Congress before the end of the year.