Video game developer, Rockstar, announced on Friday, October 26th, that Grand Theft Auto: Vice City will be ported to mobile devices running Android and iOS operating systems as part of its 10th anniversary. Last year, the developer also released iOS and Android versions for GTA III when it turned 10 years and still got thousands of followers. Rockstar’s GTA franchise is among the successful titles in the gaming world. Thus, it has received the best treatment and promotion over the years.
The information about GTA: Vice City for Android and iOS is scarce. Rockstar didn’t actually provide all the necessary information about the upcoming release of the game, just an announcement that it is now working closely with 2K Games to be able to preserve the story and feel of the original Vice City. Since only a few in-game aspects will be receive some tweaks, the developer focuses on how to provide better mobile experience for gamers as well as to making the graphics more impressive than the original version.
“This upcoming version will bring the full experience to mobile devices, featuring native high-resolution graphics and several enhancements unique to the iOS and Android platforms. Stay tuned for more details in the weeks ahead including a list of compatible iOS and Android devices,” Rockstar said in a statement on its website.
The release date is slated later this fall and only select Android and iOS devices would be able to run the game. The first version was released for PlayStation 2 in North America and Europe on October 29 and November 8, 2002, respectively. So, there is a possibility that the mobile version would be released within this timetable. Probably, only devices that have decent specs and later version of Android are lucky enough to have no compatibility issues, the same goes for the iPhone and iPad.
GTA: Vice City became controversial and was banned in some countries because it depicts more violence in its in-game scenes. The mobile version might be facing the same ordeal considering there are more minor mobile phone users nowadays. But let’s just wait and see how it goes.