Last Thursday, Rockstar Games teased us by releasing Grant Theft Auto: San Andreas to the Windows Store, only to disappoint in not having the game available for actual purchase. But where there is smoke, there is fire and this morning, GTA: San Andreas is a go!

Head to the Windows Store on your Surface or Windows 8 PC and you can find the game waiting and ready to be purchased for $6.99. That’s on top of the $6.99 you may have already spent for the Windows Phone version released a few weeks ago. That’s not cheap, but if you’re a fan, it’s a no brainer.

To be honest, we’re glad we didn’t purchase it on the phone because we’re much more likely to do this on our tablet. The game does look good and Rockstar have optimized the game for mobile, including

  • Remastered, high-resolution graphics built specifically for mobile including lighting enhancements, an enriched color palette and improved character models.
  • Dual analog stick controls for full camera and movement control.
  • Three different control schemes and customizable controls with contextual options to display buttons only when you need them.
  • Tailor your visual experience with adjustable graphic settings

We’re downloading the nearly 2 GB game right now, so make sure you have some time - and hard drive space - to spare.

Note: we're updating an earlier story this morning due to wider availability 

Pick up GTA: San Andreas for Windows 8 and RT here in the Windows Store. $6.99, no trial.

Thanks, Fabio C., for the tip!