While copies of the latest version of Grand Theft Auto V are flying off the shelves, Rockstar isn’t sitting on its laurels. It's announced it will bring the much-loved San Andreas 2004 version to phones and fondleslabs.
"Encompassing Los Santos, San Fierro, Las Venturas and everything in between, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas has been upgraded for its mobile release," Rockstar said in a statement.
"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."
From next month the San Andreas version will be released on Android, iOS, Amazon's Kindle platform and Windows Phone 8 devices – unsurprisingly BlackBerry isn’t making it onto the list.
In order to work on mobile platforms the controls are different for the new hardware. These buttons will appear on touchscreens as needed and there will be a choice of three configurations to make it possible to switch weapons, enter and exit cars, or bash a hooker or cop as needed. The game will also work with third-party controllers for mobiles.
It's not the first time Rockstar has ported the series to mobile devices – there are iOS and Android builds for version three of the game franchise and Vice City and the more recent Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars.
But the breadth of mobile platforms Rockstar has chosen this time around suggests the company will be extending its activities on mobiles much more seriously as a future source of players and profit. ®