I want you to take a mental journey with me. Dig deep into your memory banks -- all the way back to 2001. You there? Great. Think, if you will, about the the state of video games. The Playstation 2 was the hottest console on the market (okay, that's debatable) and Grand Theft Auto III was the game to have. Kids loved it as much as parents, teachers, and other authority figures hated it, due to its (then) graphic nature. Violence. Crime. Scantily clad hookers. That game had it all.

Fast forward to today. Wouldn't you love to relive all the GTA III action without having to blow the dust off your old PS2? Rockstar games wants you to --so they're porting it to Android (and iOS). There isn't a whole lot of information available just yet, but they're expecting a release "later this fall."

It won't be available for every device, either -- only a select few. Namely the Motorola Droid X2, Atrix, and Xoom; Samsung Galaxy S II and Galaxy Tab 10.1, "HTC EVO 2" (I assume they mean the EVO 3D), LG Optimus 2x, ASUS Eee Pad [Transformer], and Acer Iconia. This is a tentative list, of course, so expect more devices to be added as the project moves forward.

That's pretty much all the info we have right now, but we'll keep you posted as more details become available.

[Rockstar Blog via Droid Gamers]

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • http://www.facebook.com/markml0528 Mark L

    Aww come on....why can't they at least throw in the Bionic and Droid 3? I'd buy it if it were available.

  • Yuriy

    This is awesome news. Hope they can squeeze the whole soundtrack in somehow.

  • Chris

    this'll be great to play on the touchpad once its compatible

  • Rava

    I think this is horrible.. I've always hated cell-phones/tablets for gaming, but in all fairness I'm a hardcore gamer. I'm used to the keyboard vs. gamepad argument, in which full-touchscreen control is just laughable in comparison across-the-board. When I do play games on my mobile devices I much prefer to stick to games designed specifically for handheld gaming.

    • GraveUypo

      dude you're not getting the full picture here. with bluetooth controllers and a HDMI port, you pretty much only need the games (and support for those gamepads) to make android a fully fledged gaming plataform.

      i can imagine android 3~4 years from now, plug your phone into your tv, sync 4 bluetooth controllers, play fully fledged console ports or console-quality exclusives, just like that.

      this is a pretty big release, even though it's an old game.

      (also o have a ps3 gamepad dock for my phone which works awesome with games that support gamepads :P)

      • RockinEvo

        Couldnt agree more with ur statement, also its not all bad using solely the touchscreen some are use to em and some are not. Sum it all up if ur a "hardcore " gamer you don't have to download any games like this to ur phone.

      • tdavis42

        That is already happening with the SGSII. I can mirror any emulator to my TV and get a USB host cable.

      • Rava

        No.. I get it.. I can either play games on a tiny screen or I can connect my phone to my t.v. to and use it as a heavily feature-lacking game console. As far as games of that size it's just not realistic to port them onto phones.. I filled up my PS3's hdd way faster than I ever imagined I could, and I'd hate to always have to switch out what games I have on my phone. Even switching out my music is annoying and it holds plenty of that, but not nearly all of my collection. I guess I'm just glass half-empty on this one and in the minority, but I just can't see the need for it.

        • GraveUypo

          problem is you're too focused on the present. i see your point but you must take into consideration that cellphone/tablets in general are evolving in a stunning pace, many times faster than pcs or game consoles ever did.

          btw there are some android --game consoles-- in the planning. Zeebo inc. is working on one. though i wouldn't expect much of it since everyone knows how their first attempt turned out.

          i think the next console generation might be the last.

  • Darkseider

    Holy time sink! WOOHOO!

  • brad

    I would love gta2 it's far better suited for mobile I think. far less buttons and an awesome game

    • Rava

      Couldn't agree more, I loved GTA2 and it hasn't received nearly enough love from Rockstar versus the games since 3.

  • Deltaechoe

    I have an iconia tablet, and I have ps3 controller that I can pair with the tablet, therefore this article makes me happy

  • zzz

    I'm surprised no one has released a Bluetooth gamepad , it would be so easy to play with games

  • Kevin D

    They did, it's called the PS3 Controller