As we reported a few weeks back, Grand Theft Auto-like Payback for the iPhone launched through the App Store...and then was pulled due to a notable bug.

Unfortunately, a significant bug has come to light in the iPhone/iPod Touch version of Payback. Due to the way the iPhone SDK works we cannot test the final build of the game we send to Apple and the issue in question only occurs in an App Store build. After careful consideration, we have decided to temporarily withdraw the game from sale until an update is ready - hopefully this won’t take long, depending mainly on how long it takes Apple to approve it. No one is more upset about this than we are, and we humbly apologise to those who were waiting on the game and hope you will stick with us as we work to resolve this issue.

Happily, Apex Designs has just informed us that Payback will see a worldwide (re)release on January 28th.  As Apex describes it,

It's a pretty big game by iPhone standards - full voice and music soundtrack, 11 huge cities to explore, stunning HDR lighting, insane attention to detail and a general level of slickness you don't find on many iPhone titles.

See a video of the GP2X mobile version for a better look.

Stay tuned for a full review of Payback when it makes its (final) App Store debut.

  • Nate

    How big is the size of the game?

  • Nate

    How big is the size of the game?

  • Paulio

    So, is this a free update?? *crosses fingers*

  • Paulio

    So, is this a free update?? *crosses fingers*

  • Tunawrap

    Two more days! :D

  • Tunawrap

    Two more days! :D

  • Tunawrap

    Actually, more like 35 hours. :D

  • Tunawrap

    Actually, more like 35 hours. :D

  • FancyRat

    I thought it was GTA-like, not GTA-clone. Hope they don't get sued for this. : (

  • FancyRat

    I thought it was GTA-like, not GTA-clone. Hope they don't get sued for this. : (

  • Paulio

    It was about 225MB last time I think..

  • Paulio

    It was about 225MB last time I think..

  • Brian

    Looks pretty polished. Can't wait fir this. Well worth...how much again?

  • Brian

    Looks pretty polished. Can't wait fir this. Well worth...how much again?

  • SalsaMD

    See look at iphone initial release here (including initial bug) :

    http://forums.toucharcade.com/showpost.php?p=59802&postcount=82

  • SalsaMD

    See look at iphone initial release here (including initial bug) :

    http://forums.toucharcade.com/showpost.php?p=59802&postcount=82

  • SalsaMD

    $8.99 Australian dollars = $5.84 USD, so I presume $5.99 USD

  • SalsaMD

    $8.99 Australian dollars = $5.84 USD, so I presume $5.99 USD

  • JohnC

    FancyRat, it's been around for 6 or 7 years. And you can't just sue someone for making a similar game. If you could, the publisher of Driver would have gone after Rockstar.

  • JohnC

    FancyRat, it's been around for 6 or 7 years. And you can't just sue someone for making a similar game. If you could, the publisher of Driver would have gone after Rockstar.

  • Steve

    very excited for this game

  • Steve

    very excited for this game

  • Mike

    Very exited as well, but how can they *still* not have made an iPhone specific video? Marketing deptartment fail.

  • Mike

    Very exited as well, but how can they *still* not have made an iPhone specific video? Marketing deptartment fail.

  • Dorfdad

    There is a full video review on Youtube.

  • Dorfdad

    There is a full video review on Youtube.

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  • Vende

    225 megs?????? NICE

  • Vende

    225 megs?????? NICE

  • Crim

    Please, oh PLEASE, let this be the version that makes it out for more than 24 hours. I've been looking forward to this for quite a bit now and hope Apex has been able to get all the issues worked out for this build.

  • Crim

    Please, oh PLEASE, let this be the version that makes it out for more than 24 hours. I've been looking forward to this for quite a bit now and hope Apex has been able to get all the issues worked out for this build.

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  • willjax

    im downloading it now, appeared in the Aus store this morning (28/1/09)

  • willjax

    im downloading it now, appeared in the Aus store this morning (28/1/09)

  • Britta

    WOOHOO Your right it is out!!

    221MB!

    GETTING IN NOW!!!!

  • Britta

    WOOHOO Your right it is out!!

    221MB!

    GETTING IN NOW!!!!

  • willjax

    been playing it this morning briefly! not too bad, controls are pretty good, quite easy to use etc

  • willjax

    been playing it this morning briefly! not too bad, controls are pretty good, quite easy to use etc

  • Knightcomm

    Big game, and fun too. Seems to drain the battery almost as good as BiA or Sparta, so you cannot play it for too long without recharging. 221MB and $6.99US. I swear we always get ripped off on the games. ><;

  • Knightcomm

    Big game, and fun too. Seems to drain the battery almost as good as BiA or Sparta, so you cannot play it for too long without recharging. 221MB and $6.99US. I swear we always get ripped off on the games. ><;

  • JohnC

    Knightcomm, the other versions are around $30...

  • JohnC

    Knightcomm, the other versions are around $30...

  • CoolGamer230

    I JUST GOT THIS GAME!
    any tips or hints

  • CoolGamer230

    I JUST GOT THIS GAME!
    any tips or hints

  • CoolGamer230

    HELP!
    can you fly helicopters in this game can you drive tanks please I have to know

  • CoolGamer230

    HELP!
    can you fly helicopters in this game can you drive tanks please I have to know

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    You can drive tanks. IDK about helis... great weapons selection... nice cars.

  • http://romeoblack.webs.com .390

    You can drive tanks. IDK about helis... great weapons selection... nice cars.

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    I didn't know you could drive tanks. But you can get a heli. It's in the soccer stadium some times.

  • http://Kaosteam.110mb.com RPGbig

    I didn't know you could drive tanks. But you can get a heli. It's in the soccer stadium some times.