Grand Theft Auto: Vice City for iOS and Android given December 6 release date

GTA Vice City MobileHugely popular and often controversial console gaming hit Grand Theft Auto will make a return to mobile in December, as Rockstar have announced Grand Theft Auto: Vice City will be released for iOS and Android, in celebration of its 10th anniversary.

Rockstar teased the news last month, and now we’ve got a date to look forward to — December 6. Grand Theft Auto: Vice City is regarded as one of the best installments of GTA, and fans will be extremely happy to get the chance to play it all over again, and this time they don’t need to be in front of a TV.

Grand Theft Auto III was released for iOS and Android this time last year and exceeded expectations, as many wondered whether the control system would suffer when confined to a touchscreen. No-one need have worried though, as the game was superb, and Rockstar has again spent some time enhancing Vice City’s visuals, including updated character models, improved lighting and a new, more precise targeting method.

The game has been priced at £2.99 for both iOS and Android, and Rockstar has been kind enough to provide an extensive list of compatible devices. Owners of the iPhone 4, 4S and 5 are fine, as are all iPad owners. Anyone with an iPod Touch will need the 4th or 5th generation music players. GTA: Vice City will be enhanced for devices with Retina displays too.

As for Android, the list is considerably longer and includes the Samsung Galaxy S3 and S2, the Galaxy Note and Note 2, the Galaxy Nexus, Nexus S, Nexus 4, HTC One X, One S and the Sensation, plus Sony’s Xperia S, P and T.

For tablet owners, the Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 are on the list, along with the Sony’s Tablet S and Tablet P, the Motorola Xoom, Asus’ Transformer and Transformer Prime, plus the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 and 10.1, the Tab 2 and the Galaxy Note 10.1.

This is sure to be one of the biggest mobile gaming releases of the year, and one to really get excited about.

About Andrew Boxall

Andy's fascination with mobile tech began in the 90s, at a time when SMS messages were considered cutting edge, but it would be at least a decade before he would put finger-to-keyboard as a freelance tech writer. In the interim he wrote about travel, formulated strong opinions about films and drove a series of audacious cars