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Update: It turns out someone jumped the gun on this one, and the game isn't actually available just yet - which is why so many users are getting the "validation error." Rockstar is aware of the issue and posted a statement on their official blog:

We’re aware that some users have attempted to download Vice City: 10th Anniversary Edition from the Google Play Store and have experienced validation errors. Just to be clear: the game is not available for Android devices just yet, and if you’re seeing it listed on the Store then this is an error, and you shouldn’t attempt to download it. We’ll keep you up to date and let you know as soon as the game is live and available to purchase.

We're not sure if this means it will be out later today or at some other point, but we'll keep you posted as soon as we hear something.

Update #2: Looks like it'll take a lot longer than expected for the game to come back, according to Rockstar Games:

Update for 12/6/12: Due to unforeseen technical issues, the Android release of Vice City will be slightly delayed. Our goal is to get this out for Android by the end of next week. Our apologies for the delay to all our fans on Android devices and please stay tuned for updates.

Several months after we heard the news of Rockstar Games bringing its 2002 hit GTA: Vice City to Android, the company just launched the coveted 10th anniversary edition title without a hint of a delay. Rockstar actually contracted War Drum Studios, the maker of Auralux, to do the leg work on the mobile port, but it really doesn't come as a surprise since War Drum was also the developer of GTA III and Max Payne in the past.

The action in the game takes place back in the 1980s in Vice City, a town based on Miami, Florida. Your job is to take it over and rise to the top, one stolen car and beaten hooker at a time. But really, you know exactly what GTA is like, so why aren't you already downloading it instead of listening to me blab on about updated graphics, character models, and effects as well as controls tailored to mobile gaming, including MoGa compatibility?

Just like GTA III, Vice City costs a reasonable $4.99 but this time requires 1.5GB of free space, so make sure your device has some available and don't forget to flip Wi-Fi on.

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Compatibility seems decent, but definitely has some holes. Such popular devices as the One X and EVO LTE are not supported, for example. Here's my list, but your mileage may vary:

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Unfortunately, it seems like the launch of Vice City was completely botched due to "Xapk validation errors" which users are complaining about en masse. From our end, we're hoping for a quick fix such an excellent game deserves. By the way, Rockstar Games and War Drum Studios, if you're listening, Google lets you host game assets for free on their servers - why not utilize this functionality? Perhaps doing so could prevent silly errors like this one from occurring in the first place and will surely ease the load on your hardware. Just a thought, 'k?

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  • http://twitter.com/wade_county John P

    Umm. Vice City = Miami
    Trust me on that one.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Right you are.

    • Kenny O

      Play this game for a few months and then go to Miami, it's downright spot on. I had never been to Miami, but I felt like I knew where things were.

    • http://profiles.google.com/marcusleejh Marcus Lee

      As if there was ever any doubt about that...

  • defred34

    Not working on any of my devices bar the Galaxy Tab 10.1, which I sadly don't have anymore. Sadly, to the nether regions of the Internet it is again.

    Available for: SGT 10.1 (which I have no more)
    Not available for: PadFone2, Note 10.1, A510, Optimus Vu and Xperio Ion (the other devices I have are all small fries)

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=691943709 Jonne Backhaus

      The Note 10.1 is marked as availble in the text, I think they have only allowed the US version, which they will fix shortly.

      • defred34

        No it isn't, look again.

  • ach8lles

    I have a Note 2 and the game is telling me that its not compatible with my device.

  • Tim Kermode

    Rockstar kind of suck at Android releases don't they. Some kind of hiccup or late release every time so far!

    So if this 1.5GB file is hosted externally do I take this to mean your chance of a refund goes out the window?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      My guess is yes, conventional refund is out. You may still request one though, through https://play.google.com/store/account, then reporting a problem and asking for a refund from there. That should work even after the 15min window.

  • Frank Fiorta

    Annoyed. Simply annoyed.

  • androidizen

    Does seem we play second fiddle to the iOS releases every time, my bet is they will wait till the load from iphone users dies down then allow android users in. Total Screw up again Rockstar.

  • Bacon Bittles

    Who the hell does that Greg guy think he is?!

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Inorite?

  • http://www.facebook.com/imhays91 Syahmi Turner

    San andreas please

    • PINJ

      March, 2014

  • matt

    its downloading, so thrilled, s3 user

    • GTM

      Still giving me XAPK File Validation Failed here. Where you from?

      • matt

        uk, but have had XAPK Validation Failed now after a "seaching for server"

  • DuPz

    Been waiting all morning for this game...

    *Hits refresh again* -_-

  • jamaall

    RAZR M not compatible. Anyone know if the nexus 10 is?

  • http://profiles.google.com/marcusleejh Marcus Lee

    I see Rockstar's other mobile games haven't been getting the 4+++ star rating I thought the gameplay from the original versions deserved.

    Is there anything I should be concerned about for these mobile ports? I've refrained from GTA3 and Max Payne, but I thought I'd finally plonk the cash down for this - VC's one of my favourite games ever!

  • Wvebert

    How the hell is the GN2 not compatible?

  • Somshubra Majumdar

    There's a very simple explanation as to why there are XAPK validation errors. Two missteps made by the dev unintentionally which add up to the error...

    He possibly just forgot to add the XAPK file along with the the APK file when he was uploading them to the Google Play Dev Console so the Google Play Store had no idea what to send and it shows only the size of the APK file which is close to 3MB.

    Then there is a backup system in the XAPK download library provided by Google which allows you to call the Google Play Store to check with the licensing library that the user has paid for the app, and if they have, then have the Google Play Store server download the XAPK file to the device manually, internally in the app. It is still handled by the Play Store server but the notification of additional file being downloaded is not shown and it is mostly handled by the library. Almost 0 chance of anything going wrong. But, here's the kicker. Google play style doesn't have any file to actually send even with the download library cause possibly the Dev unintentionally just forgot to upload any XAPK! So what can the Play Store server do?

    It may possibly be his first time working with XAPKs so he may not have named them according to the format perfectly or some other minor reason. Google does allow you to test the download from the party store but some error in the code may have been a cause for the files to not download. Either way this is pure speculation and I don't mean to offend anyone or the Dev. This is merely my analysis of what may have happened.. My suggestion for now? Just wait for the Dev to upload the XAPK file onto the Play Store before you buy it and wait for an update if you've already bought it. Don't reduce the quality of a truly amazing game just because a human. Error..

    • St_SJ

      Nothing like that, official R* comment on the issue
      "We’re aware that some users have attempted to download Vice City: 10th
      Anniversary Edition from the Google Play Store and have experienced
      validation errors. Just to be clear: the game is not available for
      Android devices just yet, and if you’re seeing it listed on the Store
      then this is an error, and you shouldn’t attempt to download it. We’ll
      keep you up to date and let you know as soon as the game is live and
      available to purchase."
      http://www.rockstargames.com/newswire/article/46881/screens-from-vice-city-10th-anniversary-edition.html

      • Somshubra Majumdar

        And that's a huge relief. Now I can enjoy it whenever they get around to making the game live on Android. Thanks.! :)

  • matt

    rockstar have taken the game off play store ?? uk

    • matt

      its back up now,, odd.

  • St_SJ

    http://www.rockstargames.com/newswire/article/46881/screens-from-vice-city-10th-anniversary-edition.html
    Check this out, Rockstar is saying that the game is not available for Android devices just yet, and if you’re seeing it listed on the Store then this is an error.

    • defred34

      What BS are they pulling? The moment you submit the game it is available for all to download....pffft they're acting like this is their first time!

  • matt

    Here's a link to the information I found:
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    Here's the post from Rockstar that I found. It deals with one of the
    issues it is currently having: "We’re aware that some users have
    attempted to download Vice City: 10th Anniversary Edition from the
    Google Play Store and have experienced validation errors. Just to be
    clear: the game is not available for Android devices just yet, and if
    you’re seeing it listed on the Store then this is an error, and you
    shouldn’t attempt to download it. We’ll keep you up to date and let you
    know as soon as the game is live and available to purchase." Let
    everyone see this, and go to the link!

  • etheri0n

    hm, you have listed the transformer prime (tf201) as compatible, but for me it says it is not :/

  • ChainsawCharlie

    This app is incompatible with your N7. Qe?

  • http://www.facebook.com/Jeremy6820 Jeremy Gomez

    It's not compatible with my LG Optimus G. Bummer

  • XDA Developers (CZ+SK)

    Link deleted.

  • defred34

    Wow, the game's been removed? Say bye bye to ye all $4.99

  • http://www.facebook.com/levi.barrocas Levi De Albuquerque Barrocas

    Still here for me.But if it is removed thats BS

  • ddd

    rockstar removed the game from play store

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001724258448 Baron Daniel

    Just have some patience, Rockstar said the game wasn't ready to be released, but they didn't change the date, it will still be today. Just a little patience. :)

  • Dmitry Chorine

    Google Play links aren't working...

  • onpoint G

    Page not found... I need this game in my life

  • http://twitter.com/rauelcrespo rauelcrespo

    Don't the Nexus 7, Transformer 300 and One X+ have virtually identical internals? Why is it compatible with the N7 and 300, but not the internal twin, One X is beyond me

  • matt
  • alkspo

    Hey guys, due to unforeseen technical issues, the Android release of
    Vice City will be slightly delayed. Our goal is to get this out for
    Android by the end of next week. Our apologies for the delay to all our
    fans on Android devices and please stay tuned for updates.

    :(

    • GazaIan

      typical...

      was really looking forward to playing this game today.

  • Frank Fiorta

    Now delayed until end of next week.

  • https://plus.google.com/u/0/108482452903817442299/posts Andrew Bone

    nexus 10 with BT controller anyone?

  • John Merrit

    Hey guys, due to unforeseen technical issues, the Android release of
    Vice City will be purposely delayed. Our goal is to get this delayed for
    Android by as many days as we can get away with. Our laughs for the delay to all our
    fans on iOS devices and please stay tuned for updates, lol.

    FIXED.

    Cockstar, really seem to get getting a bit like Gameloft and EA, when it comes to Android. They all treat Android as second rate to iOS.
    It's a bit like the way Cockstar treat the PC, compared to consoles, when it comes to GTA.

    • defred34

      Nope, EA has seen the light. MW launched at same time with iOS!

  • St_SJ

    It is back on play store

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