In late October, Rockstar Games announced that Grand Theft Auto: Vice City would be heading to iOS and Android devices this year to celebrate the game's 10th anniversary. Today, the company announced that GTA: Vice City is scheduled to hit the App Store on December 6th at a price of $4.99. They did almost the exact same thing this time last year with the 10th anniversary of Grand Theft Auto 3 [$4.99], and the landmark open-world game translated pretty well to the touchscreen. It was quite a marvel that the whole thing could be taken around wherever you went.

GTA: Vice City is the second installment of the 3D open-world Grand Theft Auto series, and it's literally dripping with sweet, neon-soaked '80s nostalgia. It's also a big improvement over its predecessor in just about every way, adding motorcycles into the mix and tweaking some of the rougher parts of the combat and controls from GTA 3. It's still an all-around clunky system, but damn if it isn't still a blast to run around and cause havoc in Vice City.

The 10th Anniversary Edition of GTA: Vice City will include some improvements over the original console game according to Rockstar, including "updated character models and lighting effects, new and more precise firing and targeting options, a fully customizable control layout and native support for Retina display devices."

They've also announced what devices it will be compatible with, and good news if you're an iPhone 4 or 4th generation iPod touch owner who's been feeling left out in the dust with some of the current releases: those two models are the base target for compatibility, so as long as you're rocking 4th generation equipment or better you should be good to go. Also, it appears all models of iPad will be supported. Oh and hey, if you're an Android device owner wondering about compatibility, you'll need to check out the full list on Rockstar's blog, because there just isn't room to get into all that here.

I'm very excited to dive into GTA: Vice City again, as are a ton of gamers in our forums, so keep on the lookout for more information in the coming weeks and get ready for the game to hit the App Store early next month.

[Via Polygon]

  • Lenz94

    Finally :)

  • SmackDatButt

    Nice! I've been wanting to get Vice City on my iTouch 4th gen for a while now, and the time is almost now! >:D

  • nomorejoking

    Sweet...to bad we wont get 5

  • Platyrrhine

    15 days, 9 hours, and 45 minutes until the US release. But who's keeping track, anyway.

  • ltcommander_data

    A little bit surprised and pleased they managed to fit it into the 4th gen iPod Touch and iPad 1. Although seeing Vice City always had a much more optimized engine than GTA III maybe that's to be expected.

    By high resolution textures and updated character models and lighting, I'm guessing they just mean the enhanced XBox graphics over the PS2 and PC graphics. Hopefully this time they actually implement all the enhanced models from the XBox version. GTAIII Anniversary was actually a mix and match between the XBox and PC assets. More importantly, given the great soundtrack, hopefully they actually do it justice by doing new recodes from the source material at a decent bit rate, say 192kps 44.1kHz mp3. The GTA III Anniversary soundtrack was just 96kps 32kHz mp3 supposed re-encoded from the Steam version.

    It'd be good if they implement iCloud game save support and cheat codes like Max Payne Mobile too.

    • wingz

      I wonder if they will enable full effects on ipod 4

      • ltcommander_data

        I doubt it. In GTA III Anniversary, 4th gen devices were using a different set of lower polygon models (probably PS2 based rather than XBox based) to get it to run. That'll probably be the case for Vice City Anniversary as well.

        If you mean things like headlights and traffic lights, maybe. GTA III seemed to have a limitation in the engine where certain effects were tied together, making somethings all or nothing and 4th gen devices certainly couldn't run it with all so they got a lot less than they should have. Maybe between Vice City's engine upgrades and an extra year to work things out, Rockstar now has more granular control over individual effects. Headlights I can do without, but it'd be good to just get working traffic lights since the environment just doesn't look right without them.

      • wingz

        Im just talking about blood and lights nothing else...

  • seanec89

    I've been waiting, for a girl like you, to come into my life

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MGKMDABPUEAIAYIL5RC6WGE3AY Schuyler

      I remember when I was but a foreigner...

  • Shadowking2214

    I came reading this O_o

  • nightc1

    Can't wait for this. I'm looking forward to flying helicopters and planes in VC on the go again.

    • Shadowking2214

      There aren't any planes in vice city...without mods at least

      • http://profiles.google.com/fleshman1992 Laszlo Tuss

        Have you ever played it? Actually it has helicopters, sea plane and RC helicopter...

      • nightc1

        There's an RC Baron and the Skimmer.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/42YS2N67LP6IDUKBZUUCMSZW7M Pray For Death

    I'm very excited about this

  • ImJPaul

    I thought it was coming tonight at first and I got super excited!!! 2 weeks still isn't bad though!!! Plus if everything's still going according to plan the baldurs gate should be coming next week? Plus Bladslinger and possibly more releases tonight. Finally starting to feel like the holidays! Now if only Infinity Blade Dungeons and Republique would hurry up an release, my life will be complete.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001059257354 Juan Lopez

    I just hate that it'll be .99 cents like 2 weeks later. I remember I bought GTA III for $4.99 on release date which was December 15. Then about a week later it was .99 cents for a Christmas Special.

    I'll probably wait on this one, If it doesn't drop, Then I'll buy it for $4.99.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WPMZXGUE4MJYAKW47IRGWIPIL4 Sam Crown

      Okay, average weekly salary in US is ~$811. Multiplied by two is $1622.

      You're saying that if the game doesn't lower by $4, you'll buy at full price? You do realise you could buy the game 324 times in that two weeks... But sure, $4 is a lot.

      • http://twitter.com/TouchedWieners Tyler Piderit

        I don't make anything close to that every two weeks.

      • alialo

        It's not about it being cheap, it's about getting the most out of your money.

    • http://twitter.com/JaredTA Jared Nelson

      It actually dropped to $2.99 after a week, and didn't drop to 99¢ until February. I'm with Sam, though. I'd pay the $2 dollar fee to be able to play it a week earlier than waiting around to see if it drops in price.

      • ImJPaul

        SAMSIES! Some people are just soooo cheap. I'd pay $50 to not have to wait 2 more weeks. I don't care about money. I'm just impatient.

      • Wikilix

        Then doesn't that make you impatient?

      • Cheeseball

        He just said that he's impatient.

  • jpxdude

    I like to party...everybody does

  • MidianGTX

    Get working on San Andreas already!

    • ImJPaul

      Best. GTA. Ever.

    • osvd

      2015:)

  • http://twitter.com/TouchedWieners Tyler Piderit

    At this rate of 10 year anniversary releases we will have GTA IV on Dec. 15th 2018 for our iPad 7's or iPhone 9S'! I'll be sleeping till then. Wake me up in 6 years.

  • TheGrimCreeper

    Nostalgia, nostalgia, nostalgia!!!

  • iPodHacker1O1

    Anybody excited for this game?? Well, I'm definitely excited. But, I know for a fact that GTA San Andreas and GTA IV is going to hit the apple App Store as early as next year (San Andreas) or as late as 2020 (GTA IV)

    • MidianGTX

      Wow, really? I know for a fact you're going to find hidden treasure as early as now or as late as never. I must be some kind of genius.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Paul-Hopper/1238691947 Paul Hopper

    -fingers crossed for gamecenter achievements-

  • Shadowking2214

    Like I said in other articles lets hope that the aiming controls they're talking about is manual aiming and not that auto targeting crap

  • Brian08

    Can't wait it's going to be awesome

  • AbsolutePhenom

    Since they haven't made GTA3 iPhone 5 compatible, they better make this one. I can't play game game with the black bars. My fingers always slip off.

  • bitbit

    I am concerned that the original soundtrack might not make the transition to iOS. As I recall, Vice City isn't available on Steam due to music licensing issues.

    The excellent music is a big part of this game.

    • Cheeseball

      Vice City is on Steam but only in certain countries.

  • http://profiles.google.com/fleshman1992 Laszlo Tuss

    I dream about a rockstar cloud where we can transfer the save games over the lot of platforms it available.
    Or at least an iCloud support with some Game center achievemants.. Please! Have a heart!

  • skeblik

    Good! I have an iTouch and I'm excited!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/TGOKBBNRRKWJSWN2SXP44XTJVE Lamar(USC)

    We have a release date...great news to start my Thanksgiving. This game with headphones rocks!!!

  • http://twitter.com/qyuubi786 Quibriya Gulam

    Who wants online multiplayer to be implemented? When I play GTA 3 on my Nexus 7 I connect my PS3 controller and it becomes exactly like the PS2 game. I hope they implement this on this one. :)

  • WarMachine

    Seems like these guys are the only ones taking mobile developments seriously. There's no goddamn reason why any ios game out there can't be run on a 4g iPod touch. If Rockstar can do it with GTA: VC, those mobile devs should be able to. *cough* Shadowgun. *cough*

    • http://www.facebook.com/paj.saraf Paj Saraf

      you are not missing much, shadowgun looks pretty but its dull as hell to play

  • djentlewolf

    I'm genuinely excited about this.

  • ScorpionX405

    I hope they make GTA: San Andreas, I really hope to see that on the app store

  • BruteOutlawz

    Hoping they add a static analog stick for movement so I can fully use my icontrolpad. Can play gta 3 with it but the analog stick doesn't work properly because of the floating analog setup.
    Anyway looking forward to this

  • http://twitter.com/HamlinRacing Rayz

    Um, #1 in the App store within days? YEP!