Rockstar Games’ Grand Theft Auto franchise is one of the most iconic on any gaming platform, and to commemorate the tenth anniversary since the release of Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, a port for iOS and Android is set to arrive on December 6th. As we reported last month, Rockstar will be rolling back the years for the nostalgic GTA fans, and as well as confirming the release date in a press statement today, it also added the title will cost $5.
The tenth anniversary edition of Grand Theft Auto III went down a treat having been re-released for mobile, and if, like me, you enjoyed the original, I’m sure you’ll be looking forward to the release on December 6th.
In its press release, Rockstar noted the 2012 edition of Vice City includes "several enhancements unique to the iOS and Android platforms," such as "updated character models and lighting effects, [and] new and more precise firing and targeting options." In addition, the controls have been adapted to the touch-based interface, and as was the case for Grand Theft Auto III, they are customizable. There’s nothing I hate more than playing a game and not being able to adjust the controllers to suit, but having thoroughly enjoyed GTA III on the iPad and iPhone, I don’t think there’s much danger of Rockstar messing this one up.
As well as allowing gamers the chance to relive a classic first made famous on the PlayStation 2, it will also tide gamers over until the release next spring of Grand Theft Auto V. Rockstar has been teasing amazing screenshots all year, but only recently revealed exactly when the title would be releasing. Spring is a pretty vague bracket, but it is available to preorder for those looking to secure themselves a copy when it does eventually retail.
We will, of course, let you know as soon as Grand Theft Auto: Vice City reaches the App and Google Play Stores. Often, the Android version hits a snag and is delayed (as was the case with Rockstar’s very own Max Payne), so if you are in ownership of a smartphone or tablet running Google’s mobile operating system, be prepared for the worst.