So far, the top note on my "Things I Didn’t Expect To Hear This Morning List" is this: Grand Theft Auto 3 is coming to a smattering of high-end tablets and handsets later this fall. No, really -- I have a list and, yeah, Rockstar Games announced plans to port its once-technical marvel to touch devices at some point in 2011 in celebration of its 10th birthday.

We don’t know anything about Grand Theft Auto 3 for mobile, including what it’ll look like or what price it’ll launch at. The blog post announcing this ‘big deal’ bit of news is strangely focusing more on a new and limited run of $150 12-inch Claude toys with “30 points of articulation” instead of the game. But, hey, pre-orders for the toy are open now!

I’ve got a fantastic and equally unfulfilling love and hate relationship with GTA3, just as I do with every other GTA title. I love the bluster, the scale, and a good deal of the content, but the controls and general technical wonkiness of Rockstar’s open worlds drag everything down. It’ll be interesting to see if this tenth anniversary edition on handhelds will debut with an improvement or two. I guess we’ll see.

Oh! And here’s the devices you’ll have to have in order to play it:

Apple iOS Devices: iPad 2, iPhone 4S
Android Phones: Droid X2, HTC Evo 2, LG Optimus 2X, Motorola Atrix, Samsung Galaxy S2
Android Tablets: Acer Iconia, Asus Eee Pad, Motorola Xoom, Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1

  • Tim Cant

    Oh my god!!!!!!!!!!!!11111111111!!!!!!!!!!!1

  • http://twitter.com/MrCheeseballs Mike Crumpley

    Nice. Was hoping for something like this but never expecting it. But now here it is all of a sudden. Could possibly spawn a whole plethora of great console games finding their way to the mobile market. I've always been secretly wishing for a KOTOR on iPad :D

    • whil mccutchan

      dude, KOTOR would be so awesome on iOS!

      • Pocketnova

        ;)

      • anarchy in the app store

        How did u know?

    • http://twitter.com/BulkSlash BulkSlash

      I've been hoping for a KOTOR port too! I think the turn based battles and dialogue systems would work perfectly on a touch screen. Hopefully LucasArts/BioWare are listening!

    • http://twitter.com/21tigermike Michael A. Robson

      FF7

  • Tim Cant

    Oh. iPhone 4S. Never mind then.

    • http://twitter.com/tomeitel tom

      there have been reports that another version will come out for single core processors (ie. iphone4) as well shortly after the release.

  • whil mccutchan

    And btw, Eff that it's only going to be i4S, i4 is still way awesome and they're already cutting it out of games...

  • whil mccutchan

    And btw, Eff that it's only going to be i4S, i4 is still way awesome and they're already cutting it out of games...

  • whil mccutchan

    And btw, Eff that it's only going to be i4S, i4 is still way awesome and they're already cutting it out of games...

  • whil mccutchan

    And btw, Eff that it's only going to be i4S, i4 is still way awesome and they're already cutting it out of games...

  • whil mccutchan

    And btw, Eff that it's only going to be i4S, i4 is still way awesome and they're already cutting it out of games...

  • Anonymous

    I realize I'm the 3rd person to say this, but only iPhone 4S? Really? What exactly couldn't the iPhone 4 handle about this game?

  • Anonymous

    I realize I'm the 3rd person to say this, but only iPhone 4S? Really? What exactly couldn't the iPhone 4 handle about this game?

  • Anonymous

    I realize I'm the 3rd person to say this, but only iPhone 4S? Really? What exactly couldn't the iPhone 4 handle about this game?

    • Anonymous

      I think all of those phones have dual core processors, something the iPhone 4 doesn't.

      • Anonymous

        So that's a bigger upgrade than I realized, huh? I've been to other sites and all the commentors are saying the same thing about the dual processors everywhere so that's probably it. Very disappointing. Makes me wonder why they don't wait for the next iPhone to release this so that they at least have two generations of potential buyers.

      • http://twitter.com/Scykei Thicky

        It's sort of like the 3Gs update. :D It won't be long before your iPhone 4 becomes so unbearably slow and you'll wonder how you've ever lived with that piece of crap. :DDD

      • http://twitter.com/21tigermike Michael A. Robson

        Well, that's where the 7X graphics come from....... the RAM is exactly the same. Yeah, the A5 is a big deal.

        Irony: now you're disappointed that the iPhone 4S was too big of a leap from the iPhone 4. You guys are impossible to please.

      • Anonymous

        Never said anything of the sort. I just thought it was an awful marketing strategy to release a game only one generation of iPhone user can purchase. Apparently Rockstar felt the same since they're now planning on having an update that will make the game run on the iPhone 4 shortly after launch.

  • Anonymous

    I realize I'm the 3rd person to say this, but only iPhone 4S? Really? What exactly couldn't the iPhone 4 handle about this game?

  • Anonymous

    I realize I'm the 3rd person to say this, but only iPhone 4S? Really? What exactly couldn't the iPhone 4 handle about this game?

  • Puyan Moslehi

    That is such a piss-take that it's not on iPhone 4's! Im sure it would work fine -.-

    • Douglas Sandoval

      Really ? Did you know there was no GPU upgrade from the iPhone 3GS, its the exact same one, not only that but it is actually 4 times slower because the Retina display requires 4 times the resolution. So I don't actually believe a game of that caliber would be nearly playable on the iPhone 4. The GPU strain is already evident, try to run Real Racing 2 and watch the framerate drop.

      • Anonymous

        Really? Did you know that you are wrong? 3GS has a PowerVR MBX-Lite, A4 has a PowerVR SGX 585.

        Big differences between the two.

      • http://openid.khron.net/ KHRoN

        Actually it was iPhone 3G (and original iPhone) having MBX-Lite, while 3Gs was upgraded with SGX535 chip... hence all those shaders in iOS games since 3Gs with better GPU was out :)

        iPhone 4 has exactly the same SGX535 chip... it's just that 3Gs and 4 have different CPUs (S5PC100 vs A4)

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_SWFEGV2KERXIB7ZVJGE7NW3LGY Jonathan O'connor

        ur such a typical asian smartass dumbass, leave the work to apple and rockstar, and you go such ur 2 inch cock... k thanks bye

  • http://about.me/davidlnguyen David Nguyen

    Wow. I highly respect Rockstar's decision to do this. Instead of watering down GTA III to make it work on more devices to make more money, this looks like they are making NO compromises or at least as little as possible to work since it's utilizing the A5 dual core chip.

    • http://twitter.com/joshwyatt Joshua Wyatt

      To be honest they are compromising hugely on the controls. This isn't like Chinatown Wars which was already designed for touch, GTAIII is about as far from touch-friendly as you can get. 

      Creating a new game especially for multitouch mobile devices would get respect, but not this. 

  • http://twitter.com/Tweety3_1415 Alexander Walker

    its about time more companies started doing this... people might get annoyed that an app won't work on their old devices, but the only thing that will drive innovation is developers pushing the hardware available to its limits. i don't have a 4s and am stuck with my 4 for another year, but i look forward to playing vice city on my iPhone 5 ^_^

  • http://players.openfeint.com OFErOne (Erwin Ocampo)

    I think David has it right, they'll only support the A5 chips that come with the iPad2/iPhone4S

    • Anonymous

      ...yet they support other devices with lower specs than the iPhone 4.

      • http://twitter.com/juancaretta Juan Caretta

        What are you talking about? Every device they listed is dual-core.

      • Anonymous

        Apologies; I had seen many benchmarks placing iPhone 4 + ios5 above a few of these models in certain tests. I went to try to cite these claims then realised i don't give a shit and was just stirring the pot. Off for a wank now. tara!

  • http://twitter.com/volcanopele Jason Perry

    Part of me is excited.  Part of me is thinking, "Bah! San Andreas or go home!"  Seriously though, I am happy that developers are finally breaking out some games that push my iPad 2's graphics hardware to the limits.  I was promised better graphics by Steve Jobs and I am glad I am finally getting it.

  • http://twitter.com/VULTR3 Mike

    I never thought the original had any control problems, but maybe that's just me being the sickest console gamer evar. I've been a huge fan of all Rockstar's open worlds.

    I hope they can make it just as playable with a touch interface... But at least Gameloft has already paved the way with Gangstar, so there's at least something to look at for what to do and what not to do.

    Oh, and a fist bump to the next commenter that I have iPad2 so I can play. SWEET BRO.

  • Anonymous

    port Liberty and Vice City Stories while you're at it...

  • Agent Strahm

    Not wanting to be negative but i have a bad feeling that alot of good releases will be for just 4S.
    Not like the past iphone4+iphone3GS:( And i dont know about xperia, but these apps are really dangerous. The whole system gets old in one year compared to the cheaper handheld consoles. Ill buy that next time instead. Im pretty sure they will also have SMS and/or phonecalls and maybe support to android/ios apps, who knows.
    If im not stupid, PSP2 will have very nice graphics. Ill propably wait for the second edition of it, i mean like NDS>DSi cause its when all the bad things are fixed.
    Ah well atleast my iphone4 will be used for some more years, i can still have it as a phone and internet-surfer.
    EDIT:NVM, i heard that Infinty blade 2 will also be used on iphone 4, but with fewer effects. Thanks god, hopefully itll stay like that in many good 4s releases.

    • http://openid.khron.net/ KHRoN

      Nope, because main "console-loie gaming driving force for iOS" (iPod Touch) was not upgraded beyond iPhone 4 capabilities :)

      So no, we have at least one year of both iPhone 4 and iPod Touch 4G being able to play 99.9% of games (unless there will be mass use of Unreal engine by top developers) :)

  • http://twitter.com/WRrobby Robby

    Seriously, a Droid X2 over the Bionic? Either way, I'm sure the X2 version will work on the Bionic. If not, I still have my iPad 2 to play it on.

    • Anonymous

      Remember with Android there are PLENTY of ways to get a game that's not "compatible" onto your device.

  • Anonymous

    I think the controls work well in all gta games apart from the awfull iOS version.

  • Anonymous

    It's a damn shame that GTA games 3 and up are garbage anyways. 3 was actually okay, but all the others were just... just boring. Just opinion though. I would try it out honestly, but seeing as it's only going to be on 4S, it's decided for me. lol

  • http://twitter.com/Schvitzing Misty Jugs

    GTA 3 was my favorite. everything after that was just boring.

    Now that the iPhone has an A5 chip hopefully we start seeing better games for the iPad 2.

  • Anonymous

    It's a bad idea to fragment the iOS market. Sure the iPhone 4S will sell millions but think about all of the iPhone 1st gens and iPod 1st gens on the market. Just use a scalable game engine that makes the game playable on all iOS devices but looks amazing on the lastest generation iOS device.

    This way the publisher/developer makes a higher return on investment. In short, more people have access to buy your product. True universal apps is where it's at.

    • Anonymous

      Supporting 1st and 2nd gen devices is not realisitic, beyond being much slower, they only support OpenGL ES 1.1 which would require writing a separate codepath since OpenGL ES 2.0 in 3rd gen and higher devices isn't backwards compatible.

      I do hope they support Apple A4 devices, even if they have to resort to non-Retina resolution to do it. I get the feeling that the limitation is the CPU not the GPU. If it was GPU, just lowering the resolution and limiting the draw distance could make it workable. If the game is CPU bound, there isn't as much you can do since you can't really dumb down the AI or physics without breaking the game.

      • Anonymous

        CPU does seem to be the limiting factor, as all devices listed have dual-core processors, perhaps it's something to do with PS2's 64-bit processor.

    • Anonymous

      Supporting 1st and 2nd gen devices is not realisitic, beyond being much slower, they only support OpenGL ES 1.1 which would require writing a separate codepath since OpenGL ES 2.0 in 3rd gen and higher devices isn't backwards compatible.

      I do hope they support Apple A4 devices, even if they have to resort to non-Retina resolution to do it. I get the feeling that the limitation is the CPU not the GPU. If it was GPU, just lowering the resolution and limiting the draw distance could make it workable. If the game is CPU bound, there isn't as much you can do since you can't really dumb down the AI or physics without breaking the game.

    • Anonymous

      Supporting 1st and 2nd gen devices is not realisitic, beyond being much slower, they only support OpenGL ES 1.1 which would require writing a separate codepath since OpenGL ES 2.0 in 3rd gen and higher devices isn't backwards compatible.

      I do hope they support Apple A4 devices, even if they have to resort to non-Retina resolution to do it. I get the feeling that the limitation is the CPU not the GPU. If it was GPU, just lowering the resolution and limiting the draw distance could make it workable. If the game is CPU bound, there isn't as much you can do since you can't really dumb down the AI or physics without breaking the game.

    • http://openid.khron.net/ KHRoN

      Don't expect that first two generations of iOS devices will last forever... and from gaming point of view, they are practically useless now - they have GPU ment for hardware acceleration of interface display, like smooth scrolling and scalling, not for gaming, also they have only 128MB RAM which is mainly used by iOS itself...

  • http://twitter.com/tomi676 Tomasz Doniec

    No iPhone 4?! They are just kidding me? On iPhone 4 for now is no exclusive game and now?! Even Ininity Blade run on iPhone 3GS.... I dont get it ... So better they bring Retina Display to GTA: Chinatown Wars !!! Because on my iPhone 4 this game looks simple UGLY!!!!!! 

    • Anonymous

      The iPhone 4 uses the exact same PowerVR SGX535 GPU as the iPhone 3GS, just higher clocked. This is offset by the higher resolution. There was no generational leap in performance there. This isn't the case between the iPhone 4S and the iPhone 4.

    • Anonymous

      The iPhone 4 uses the exact same PowerVR SGX535 GPU as the iPhone 3GS, just higher clocked. This is offset by the higher resolution. There was no generational leap in performance there. This isn't the case between the iPhone 4S and the iPhone 4.

    • Anonymous

      The iPhone 4 uses the exact same PowerVR SGX535 GPU as the iPhone 3GS, just higher clocked. This is offset by the higher resolution. There was no generational leap in performance there. This isn't the case between the iPhone 4S and the iPhone 4.

  • http://twitter.com/tomi676 Tomasz Doniec

    No iPhone 4?! They are just kidding me? On iPhone 4 for now is no exclusive game and now?! Even Ininity Blade run on iPhone 3GS.... I dont get it ... So better they bring Retina Display to GTA: Chinatown Wars !!! Because on my iPhone 4 this game looks simple UGLY!!!!!! 

  • http://twitter.com/tomi676 Tomasz Doniec

    No iPhone 4?! They are just kidding me? On iPhone 4 for now is no exclusive game and now?! Even Ininity Blade run on iPhone 3GS.... I dont get it ... So better they bring Retina Display to GTA: Chinatown Wars !!! Because on my iPhone 4 this game looks simple UGLY!!!!!! 

  • http://twitter.com/HenryScudder Jose Luis Martinez

    Let me get this: So Rockstar, who said that they were not going to do more iOS games, basically because of low profits (I remember they stated their business was "make a huge game and sell it for 50-70 bucks a pop", in reference to the low 9.99$ some of the highest games cost on Apple Store) now they go ahead, come back to iOS, but only to piss us off with this? 

    I've always been a Rockstar fan, almost every game they've made in other platforms was a greatest hit in my book, and I have been always "singing" wonders about Apple and their amazing "toys" ever since I got my first Touch 2G and I realized they make a difference,  but if they really pull this off, Im definitely looking forward to Sony Vita. At least with them I get a 5 year lifespan, won't be needing new hardware in a long long time, and probably will be getting more Rockstar titles this way.

    If this is a marketing move to get gamers to buy or update to the 4S, bear in mind that most of them will be doing as I will be: NOT spending 629€ in a hardware with "expiration date", and spending 250€ in a real console with far superior hardware and a standard stablished.

    Just my two cents of euro...

  • Anonymous

    This article has made me decide to give up iOS gaming and get a ps vita instead. The iPhone 4s isn't even out yet and they're already making games that are only available for that device. The transitional period has disappeared, and it'll last 6 months or so, then it will be iPhone 5, and so on...

    Goodbye mobile gaming, I'm off to buy a device that's going to last more than 6 months before becoming obsolete.

    • http://twitter.com/prakashsv Prakash S. V.

      "The iPhone 4s isn't even out yet and they're already making games that are only available for that device"

      Because consoles launch without launch titles all the time, right? Oh wait.

      "Goodbye mobile gaming, I'm off to buy a device that's going to last more than 6 months before becoming obsolete."

      1. PS Vita is mobile gaming. 2. The PSP didn't fare so well in its run, and it had some tremendous titles near launch.

      • Anonymous

        1. Thanks for clearing that up for me, it was pedantic and I hope you know what I meant, but at least now I know. My bad.
        2. Whether the PSP was successful or not, I can still buy a PSP and GTA vice city and liberty city stories with better controls than the iPhone for under a hundred pounds, instead of having to pay £500 for an upgrade to play GTA III. I don't think quality and success are always intrinsic. But each to their own.

  • chris_1975

    Having just bought a asus transformer i amabsolutely thrilled at this news.

    GTA3 was along with FF7 the game that MADE me go out and get the ps2 and now hopefully with joypad mapping I'll be able to play it on the go with my ps3 controller or maybe even my bluetooth keyboard.

    After this piece of news im glad i made the leap from ios as the continual turnover of technology and the poor return for your dollar/pound/euro is highly disheartening.

    Oh and the amount of emulators out there for android is staggering, im sure if i put my mind to it over the weekend i could probably be playing GTA3 on a 10 inch screen by the end of it.

    I'll still use my old 2g touch for social gaming like WWF N HWF but as for everything else its done!

  • chris_1975

    Having just bought a asus transformer i amabsolutely thrilled at this news.

    GTA3 was along with FF7 the game that MADE me go out and get the ps2 and now hopefully with joypad mapping I'll be able to play it on the go with my ps3 controller or maybe even my bluetooth keyboard.

    After this piece of news im glad i made the leap from ios as the continual turnover of technology and the poor return for your dollar/pound/euro is highly disheartening.

    Oh and the amount of emulators out there for android is staggering, im sure if i put my mind to it over the weekend i could probably be playing GTA3 on a 10 inch screen by the end of it.

    I'll still use my old 2g touch for social gaming like WWF N HWF but as for everything else its done!

  • chris_1975

    Having just bought a asus transformer i amabsolutely thrilled at this news.

    GTA3 was along with FF7 the game that MADE me go out and get the ps2 and now hopefully with joypad mapping I'll be able to play it on the go with my ps3 controller or maybe even my bluetooth keyboard.

    After this piece of news im glad i made the leap from ios as the continual turnover of technology and the poor return for your dollar/pound/euro is highly disheartening.

    Oh and the amount of emulators out there for android is staggering, im sure if i put my mind to it over the weekend i could probably be playing GTA3 on a 10 inch screen by the end of it.

    I'll still use my old 2g touch for social gaming like WWF N HWF but as for everything else its done!

  • http://twitter.com/prakashsv Prakash S. V.

    Interesting technical note about GTA3 for the PC: there was a 2d overhead camera view available a la GTA2. GTA:CW was isometric 3D (kinda). Given the CPU requirements, I think it's safe to presume that this is the PC version they're porting, which was gorgeous at 1024x768 and higher.

    Would've preferred GTA:Vice City, the best of the '3' series games in terms of story (Ray Liotta was awesome).

    • http://openid.khron.net/ KHRoN

      Actually GTA3 was practically re-made for xbox, with better textures and engine, so xbox version is superior even to pc one :)

      • http://twitter.com/prakashsv Prakash S. V.

        Not quite. The xbox version was supposed to be released at the same time as the PS2 but for the exclusivity agreement signed by Take-two. The differences between the PS2 and Xbox are pretty straightforward: better audio, use of polygons and reflections. The PC GTA3 had detailed textures.

        If you think about it, the xbox isn't/wasn't capable of producing resolutions approaching the PC. I think the max resolution on GTA3 for the xbox was 480p.

  • Anonymous

    I'll be buying Gangstar: Rio instead, which comes out next week.

    GTA will be better, but I totally don't want to buy the iPhone 4S.

  • Anonymous

    I'll be buying Gangstar: Rio instead, which comes out next week.

    GTA will be better, but I totally don't want to buy the iPhone 4S.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_6PNDVPLWXVNEKH2HATY5DI4YAI Mark

    Wow... holy shit... do the rest of you remember when this came out.  It was the coolest thing ever... seriously... no video game had achieved anything close to GTA3 before.  I don't care what shortcuts they take... most people should... but this game was trans-formative in my video game life... as i am sure it was for most mid twenties gamers...

  • http://profiles.google.com/justaguitardude chris c

    i find it amusing people are already complaining about it only being 4s.. are you really surprised.. it happen before and will happen again.  ios is fragmented already..  just the way it is.  out with the old in with the new..  you can complain all you want but it wont help.  i for one look forward to gta3..  i used so many hours playing gta when it came out for ios.. made gamelofts version a damn joke but that is what we had till gta came out. did gta make gameloft step up there game for there version of gta style of game play? i dunno, my ipod broke so not kept up with the ios game for a while..   have a great day people... cheers.

  • Anonymous

    1 game so far that is 4S and iPad 2 exclusive. How many iPad 2's has Apple sold? Most everything especially apps and most games have been able to run on all iOS devices except for the first 2 generations, iOS is hardly fragmented.
    Infinity Blade 2 is going to run on iPhone 3GS/4 but will look much better on 4S and iPad 2.

  • Anonymous

    steve jobs life was cut short. just like his devices. irony aint it. im with everyone else ios gaming is bullshit with a 6-12 month shelf life. im spending my money on the psp vita not the soon to be obsolete 4s or 5. mobile gaming will fail because of this. how can they realistically believe that consumers are that stupid to spend $500 every year to keep up. or is it because apple has enough money that everyone of there employees could wipe there asses with it every time they take a crap and still be in the billions. were in a bad recession no jobs lower wages. sony's got my $250 for sure. and i didnt think there would be anyone more ridiculous than sony with there overpriced new products. you think thats why the new psp is so well priced. im sure it is sony lost there ass when the ps3 was first released and in only the last year have turned a good profit. it looks like apple will need a wake up call as well.

  • http://twitter.com/DVDesign Daniel Villamizar

    Why all the anger? I don't get it, if this is an old game, why are you guys getting so upset over not being able to play it all over again on a smaller screen?

  • Ludger Peters

    Well this is awesome going to jam this on my SGS II and my Asus EEE transformer going to be amazing and GTA III was the best one and has the most memories by far XD

    love it cant wait for this to be released.

  • Claude Foley

    i thought an iPod touch fresh off the shelf was Apples latest "gaming device"? yeah good one Apple...

  • http://twitter.com/michaelklopf Michael Klopf

    I know part III from back to forth, even after all those years, so I'm not disappointed it won't come to the iPhone4.

    An original game would be cooler, it's boring to play the same stuff again and again (I played Liberty City Stories for PSP too, so I know this town too well).

    Chinatown Wars was nice. I think the rest of us has to wait for Jack Streets 2 or how it is called, the game looks interesting/promising.

  • Anonymous

    Here's some good news for anyone who doesn't own an iPad 2 or iPhone 4S http://kotaku.com/5850005/gta-iii-anniversary-edition-will-come-to-non+bleeding+edge-ios-devices-too

  • Tejas Mukerji

    FINALLY MY XOOM IS GOOD FOR SOMETHING!but a watered down version for my snapdragont
    XPERIA neo would be nice:-)

  • Anonymous

    saw this at the NY comic con yesterday... looked exactly like the playstation version.  nuts.  Can't wait to try.