GTA: San Andreas coming to Windows Phone and other platforms in December

Rockstar Games isn't done yet with its Grand Theft Auto franchise this year. After the successful release of GTA V for the PS3 and Xbox 360 in September, the company has announced it will release a version of its 2004 open world action game Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas to smartphones and tablets in December.

The announcement today said that the game will be released for "select iOS, Android, Amazon Kindle and Windows Mobile devices". We assume that Rockstar meant "Windows Phone" rather than the long-dead "Windows Mobile". If true, this would be the first GTA open world game to be released for the Windows Phone platform.

The game itself is set in Los Santos, the same fictional location that also plays host to GTA V. Rockstar says that for its mobile release, it will have some upgraded visuals. It states, "Newly remastered graphics including dynamic and detailed shadows, greater draw distance, an enriched color palette, plus enhanced character and car models make this the best-looking version of San Andreas yet."

In addition, the game will have a number of different touch controls for things like driving and maneuvering. The game will also support controllers such as the ones that are being made for the iOS 7-based iPhones. Pricing and a specific release date have not been announced.

Source: Rockstar Games | Image via Rockstar Games

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This puts modern mobile hardware performance into perspective...when GTA:SA came out, I had a PC that was struggling with it.

If windows mobile means windows phone and windows 8/8.1/RT I would like to see microsoft actually getting some big title games even if they are old and competing with stuff like GoG and Steam for prices.

Hello,

Master of Earth said,
Seriously, port GTA V to iOS or Android in lieu of older version. COMEE ON!

Not enough firepower in mobile devices yet....

It's good enough but not impossible,snapdragon 800 can even output 4k resolution. The graphic might not be as crispy as consoles version but it won't be that far for current mobile horsepower to run on it. It's possible with bluetooth console controller. I bet it will work as good as you can think and given that IB III flat out rethink of iOS graphic possibility so it's not exaggerate to make it happen with rapid advancement of mobile hardware and try not to underestimate the mobile CPU+GPU. As a matter of fact, 64 bit is just getting started for mobile device.

Stupid *******s rather waste money on **** like this than get a proper port of GTA V for the PC out the door. by the time GTA V comes out on the PC it will be old hat and deserve a £15-£20 price tag if that!
Seriously Rockstar what is you problem with PC gamers?

Hello,

Noone cares. Release GTA V for PC already.

(Sarcastic, I hope if they are going to release it, its because there is a market for it)

Lets just hope this holiday will be good to winrt. I am still waiting for most all those gameloft games, angry birds sw2 (i doubt lhe racing game will ever come)

Cool! Been wanting to redo GTA:SA for some time already, but couldnt be assed on PC

If only WP8 would frigging support Bluetooth controllers or something... Easy to add

Shadowzz said,
Cool! Been wanting to redo GTA:SA for some time already, but couldnt be assed on PC

If only WP8 would frigging support Bluetooth controllers or something... Easy to add

You can use the 3rd party gaming controllers if the Apps are designed to support them.

vcfan said,
windows mobile devices probably means windows phone,and winrt devices .

In that case it would also come to full Windows 8 because it shares its apps with RT. So a strange choice of words. I'm not entirely sure if they mean al Windows 8 devices or only the phones.

Anyway this is great news. Shows that Windows Phone is considered a real player. At least there wont be a new app-gap while Microsoft continues to decrease the existing gap.

trojan_market said,
honestly I like Windows Mobile name better than Windows Phone.

Agreed, It also makes more sense when WP and RT eventually merge. They wont keep the RT name, it has a bad rep. They can't keep the WP name, it willl be running on tablets as well. Windows Mobile really is the perfect name for this ARM-based version of Windows...

Steven P. said,
They should call it "Windows Go" there, give me a million bucks Microsoft!

Knowing Microsoft, they'll ditch the "Windows" name on non-x86 devices and call it "Modern OS".

trojan_market said,
honestly I like Windows Mobile name better than Windows Phone.

Really? I've always hated that name. Sounds too cold and disconnected as compared to Windows Phone.

Steven P. said,
They should call it "Windows Go" there, give me a million bucks Microsoft!

They already have a takeout-friendly version called Windows To Go!