Ever since 2010, Rockstar Games has released a mobile port of a Grand Theft Auto game at around the same time every year. Well, all except the first time, which was when they released Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars ($4.99) in January of 2010. But stay with me here. The following year in December of 2011, Rockstar released Grand Theft Auto III ($4.99), followed by Grand Theft Auto: Vice City ($4.99) in December of 2012. Then in December of 2013, you guessed it, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas ($6.99) arrived on iOS. So what about 2014? Well that was a bit different, as Rockstar released a long-overdue but much-appreciated major update to their original iOS GTA release, GTA: Chinatown Wars. So while last year wasn’t technically a new GTA mobile release, it was a major overhaul of one of their main mobile games.
Earlier this year our own Eli Hodapp got his speculation hat on and decided that it made a whole lot of sense that the spinoff games that Rockstar originally created for the PSP about a decade ago, GTA: Liberty City Stories and GTA: Vice City Stories, would likely be heading to mobile devices someday. It made a lot of sense: While mobile hardware is incredibly powerful nowadays, it doesn’t seem likely Rockstar would port either GTA IV or the even newer GTA V to iOS hardware anytime soon. It’s probably possible on some level, but definitely not practical. Which means that, unless Rockstar wanted to really dig into their catalogue and deliver iOS ports of the original top-down Grand Theft Auto games (which I wouldn’t be mad at!), then the Liberty City Stories and Vice City Stories spinoffs seemed like the most likely candidates for their next mobile ports.
Today new evidence lends even more credence to Eli’s speculation, as popular video game enthusiast Wario64 revealed on Twitter that Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories has been rated by European ratings board PEGI for a mobile release.
GTA Liberty City Stories may be coming to mobile pic.twitter.com/CwSAJT1UpX
— Wario64 (@Wario64) December 10, 2015
Curiously, the release date for this mobile version of GTA: Liberty City Stories is… today! However, we haven’t been able to find it in any region just yet on either the iOS or Android App Stores. The iTunes shutdown doesn’t begin until December 22nd, which means there’s still plenty of time left for Rockstar to surprise spring this on us before then, which seemed to be their modus operandi in past years. Or this whole thing could just be some random filing they did to get an official rating on the game just in case they ever wanted to release it on mobile, and they don’t actually have plans to do so at this time. I hope not though! I’ve really enjoyed celebrating the holidays with senseless violence in the palm of my hand for nearly 6 years now, so don’t let me down now, Rockstar!
If we get any sort of official word on a GTA: Liberty City Stories release for mobile, or if the game just magically shows up between now and December 22nd, we’ll definitely let you know.