By Khurram Aziz | Nov 24, 2012 09:40 AM EST
To mark the 10-year anniversary of the release of the original "GTA: Vice City" title, Rockstar is releasing the game to a whole new generation of Android and Apple iOS devices.
The developer promises that the revamped game will bring "the full experience" of the original with enhancements designed to take advantage of the latest in mobile technology, such as native high-resolution graphics (including support for Apple's Retina devices), updated character models, and improved lighting effects.
Vice City was the fourth in the Grand Theft Auto (GTA) franchise released on the Xbox and PS2, which took the level of gangster realism and criminality to a whole new level - creating anxiety in parents everywhere.
"This 10th Anniversary Edition brings the full experience of Grand Theft Auto: Vice City to mobile devices, with native high-resolution graphics and several enhancements unique to the iOS and Android platforms including updated character models and lighting effects, new and more precise firing and targeting options, a fully customizable control layout and native support for Retina display devices," said Rockstar in a press release.
The game is also the second in the GTA franchise to hit smartphones after last year's release of GTA III.
GTA: Vice City is loosely based around 80s gangster films such as Scarface and Goodfellas and features a Miami setting and a period sound track. Its launch comes weeks after Rockstar released the second teaser trailer for GTA V, which is expected in spring 2013.
The new game is said to be the most ambitious ever, with a bigger world and a choice of three characters to play in intersecting storylines. GTA: Vice City will hit Apple's App Store and Google Play Store on Dec. 6, priced at $4.99.
Rockstar has published a full list of devices that can play the game which, on the Apple side, comes down to the iPad, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone5, and iPod touch (fourth generation and above).
For Android, devices with a Tegra 2 chip on the low end will manage it, as well as HTC One X, Samsung Galaxy Note 1 and 2, Sony Xperia Play, Samsung Galaxy S3 and Google Nexus 4. Android tablets such as Motorola Xoom, Samsung Galaxy Tab 2, Sony Tablet P, Toshiba Thrive, HTC Flyer, Google Nexus 7 and Google Nexus 10 will also be able to run the game.
No indication has been given when or if the GTA: Vice City will make its way onto Windows Phone 8 devices.