The realisation that Grand Theft Auto III was first released a decade ago will be a bit of a shock to many (including ourselves) but in a bid to temper that shock, Rockstar Games announced the iconic title will be available soon on "select" iOS and Android devices.
Going from the top-down view of previous titles in the GTA series, the third installion made a huge leap forward with the 3D view and it's vast and intricate world of Liberty City to explore.
Playing as the main protagonist, Claude, you could traverse the virtual world doing pretty much anything you wanted including beating up prostitutes and trying to complete ever more outrageous stunts on a motorbike.
Of course because the title requires pretty intensive graphical processing, you won’t be able to play the mobile version with just any Android or iOS handset. You’ll need a dual-core processor for starters, meaning the only iOS devices compatible will be the iPad 2 and the iPhone 4S, which has only gone on sale today.
Things are a little better in the Android camp with a few more options including the Samsung Galaxy S II, the LG Optimus 2X, the Motorola Atrix, as well as tablets such as the Acer Iconia, Asus Eee Pad Transformer, Motorola Xoom and Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1.
A specific launch date has not been announced but Rockstar Games says the game will be launching “later this autumn,” so you shouldn't have to wait too long before seeing Claude wandering around with a baseball bat in his hands on your mobile device.
As well as launching the new version of Grand Theft Auto III, Rockstar Games has announced a limited-edition action figure of lead character Claude which will come with a clothing range including his iconic Liberty City Prison-issued jumpsuit. Nice.
Source: Rockstar Games