Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas Coming To iOS Next Month, Includes Controller Support

Rockstar Games has officially announced that it will be porting the acclaimed Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas over to iOS and Android (and Windows Phone!) with a December release date.

Coming just a couple months after the release of Grand Theft Auto V, this port will introduce a number of players to the first game in the GTA franchise to have been based in Los Santos.

Before GTAV took us to the sun-bleached sidewalks and humming concrete freeways of present-day Los Santos and beyond, there was Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, the biggest GTA of the PS2 era. Now, head back to the early 90s with CJ and the Grove Street Families when Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas comes to mobile devices next month.

Encompassing Los Santos, San Fierro, Las Venturas and everything in between, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas has been upgraded for its mobile release. 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.

The game brings with it updated graphics as well as some minor control and presentation adjustments. What’s most exciting, however, is that it will also include the new iOS 7 controller support. The thing that’s held me back from playing other GTA games on iOS has always been having to use on-screen buttons and controls. While I’m not sure whether I want to drop money on one of the new iOS controllers, the fact that I can now play through it with a physical controller makes the game much more appealing.

While Rockstar didn’t yet announce a price, it last debuted Grand Theft Auto: Vice City on iOS for $4.99.

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