Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas Mobile announced for Windows Phone, coming in December

This is a brief, but exceptional news announcement: Rockstar Games have just announced that Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas Mobile is headed to various mobile platforms, including “select iOS, Android, Amazon Kindle and Windows Mobile (sic) devices”. Launch time is expected to be in December.

Before Grand Theft Auto V hit the consoles a few weeks ago, San Andreas was one of the biggest titles around.

From the Rockstar website:

“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.Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas also features brand new touch controls including contextual control options to display buttons only when you need them and three different control schemes for driving and maneuvering, as well as a reworked checkpoint system for easier progression.”

That’s probably the best news of the morning, as for years people have been yearning for some mobile GTA action. Even better is the fact that Windows Phone is right up there now with iOS and Android for getting this title, though it still remains to be seen if it will be a day-one availability or shortly thereafter.

Regardless, get ready to have some fun. Anyone else now reconsidering getting a Lumia 1520 for its giant display and 2.2 GHz Quad-core processor?

Source: Rockstar Games; Thanks, @IceDree, for the tip!

Daniel Rubino
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Daniel Rubino is the Editor-in-chief of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been here covering Microsoft since 2007 when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, Microsoft Surface, laptops, next-gen computing, and for some reason, watches. Before all this tech stuff, he worked on a Ph.D. in linguistics and ran the projectors at movie theaters, which has done absolutely nothing for his career.

213 Comments
  • Finally !
  • But is this an Xbox phone game or not???
  • I don't really care as long as I can get it !
  • Agree with you!!
  • Apps/games already take 5gb on my phone..wonder what this will do
  • You can remove some and reinstall them later from the windowsphone website
  • "Other Storage" is still going to get clogged up with XAPs.
  • And that is why WP will continue to get mediocre games, because people don't demand better. No Xbox live, no sale!
  • So GTA:SA is suddenly a mediocre title without XBL support?
  • Nevermind XBL Support... celebrating like loons over 6 - 20 year old ports keeps the bar low to begin with.   Don't get me wrong... I still own my copy of San Andreas for Xbox Original and I will definitely play this on my Nokia.  I also bought and finished the FF port.   But people with smartphones in general should demand better and more original titles. Classic gaming is fun and all, but let's have some new and original titles as well.     All in all, that people are creaming over 10 year old games is actually a comment on how crappy the current state of original mobile games. Or rather... who buys an Xbox One and brags about playing Halo 1? NOBODY.
  • Making the comparison of Halo 1 on the xbox one isn't that accurate, especially when people were excited about Halo 1 on the 360, 10 years after the initial release. IMO a good game is a good game, doesn’t matter if it's new or old. I think the excitement over this has less to do with the state of original mobile games and more to do with having GTA:SA on the go, anywhere you want. What I think is worth celebrating is that Rockstar decided to name and support WP at the same time as IOS and Android for a high profile release. This bodes well for the platform and hopefully future support. It's yet another sign that developers are taking WP more serious and that's a benefit for all of us, regardless if you like 10 year old ports or new original mobile titles.
  • No one cares - see the poll in the forums. You're one hand clapping.
  • The poll in this site's forums--or anywhere else on the Internet, for that matter--are statistically meaningless. Many people care passionately about Xbox on Windows Phone. However, most of those people aren't on WPCentral (some are, though). They are on more niche sites. Getting big games like this is good, especially as they announced it alongside iOS and Android (while also incorrectly calling Windows Phone Windows Mobile, it should be noted). However, if this game comes without Xbox integration that will be a bad thing for the platform. We need something to set Windows Phone apart from iOS, not clone them. Xbox gaming is one of those things.
  • Why are you people so worked up about XBL? All it does is keep a track of what stupid thing you've done in a game. Big deal!
  • It's tiring having to explain this over and over. Xbox Live integration 1) makes games better (it provides more replay value via achievements, it makes games more social via online gaming and shared leaderboards, etc.) and 2) makes the Windows Phone platform more appealing (via exclusivity: there are many gamers who, given the choice between playing GTA and not getting achievements on iOS or Android vs. playing it on Windows Phone with Xbox achievements, would choose the latter--not for one title, but as more and more titles come to all 3 platforms but Xbox integration comes only to those on Windows Phone, that'll start growing the Windows Phone community; unfortunately, the trend is in the other way: Microsoft is dropping the ball and Xbox-enabled games are drying up. This is not good for the platform, and everyone who cares about WP should fight to #SaveXboxWP regardless of whether you personally care about Xbox or not).
  • This WILL NOT have achievements!
  • Is that confirmed? Source?
  • I better find and charge up my old Windows Mobile 6.7 phone.
  • I was thinking the same thing.
  • Exactly! Why can't people refer to it as Windows Phone and not Windows Mobile??
  • Where's my touch pro 2?
  • Time to get a HD2 off of ebay
  • I need to buy back my LG Fathom..
  • Maybe they meant mobile devices running Windows, aka Windows Phone/8/RT.
  • I think this game won't come to Windows Phone...that it will, indeed, come to Windows Mobile(tablets, RT) devices.
  • But that won't explain why San Andreas is on a Windows Phone in the picture.
  • It might be an image or just a wallpaper.
  • If it's not an Xbox for WP game I'm not interested.
  • You're barking up the wrong tree. The reason why games aren't XBL is because Microsoft's certification process is broken and insanely stupid. Every developer should abandon it until Microsoft realises it needs the developers more than the developers need it.
  • Forget stupid XBox-Archievements.
  • You're playing games for the wrong reason
  • Lol, the only reason I play most WP games, is because of the achievements, I actually hate Angry Birds etc. But since I got em for free, I might as well get them achievements.
  • "LOL the only reason I play is to see a list box of what I've done in a game LOL". Go back to your xbox then. Huge games as GTA have never been made for this purpose, actually no game has ever been made for this purpose. 
  • <SARCASM>the only reason I play is to see a list box of what I've done</SARCASM> Get it?
  • Are you managing 2 accounts or are simply assuming that the comment I replied to was sarcasm ?
  • They need Moga support for this game! And if so it will be epic!!!
  • I don't even want to know how massive a game this will be on memory
  • 1GB maybe
  • Memory : No clue . Storage : it was 3GB on the Xbox 360 . GTA III for android is like 500MB , Vice City is a 1.2GB
  • Hopefully with 8.1 update we'll have a chance to install at least games on microSD card, otherwise my 1520 only gonna have 2-3 good games, sad
  • I am also really hoping for that.  I got the 1520 for free so I went for it but I do wish it were 32 gig.  However I also bought a 64 gig sd card so I hope 8.1 will encrypt the sd and allow app installation in 8.1.
  • this is so good
  • 1gb min?
  • No, pleeeeaaasee D':
  • woa...this is big
  • That's the second time I've heard that today.
  • The first time referring to your head of course? :P Lol
  • hemorrhoid
  • I read that in dexters voice
  • Yes!!! That will be so cool!!
  • This is going to look good on my 1520
  • Nice name lol
  • Yessss!
  • Omfg, my £20 gift voucher has now become useful. Thank you R*.
  • Exactly! I haven't spent any of my 20 because I was waiting on something worth the money. Looks like some of the "lesser" games will be deleted soon...
  • I just pray for cloud support. Cant be asked with starting over if my phone needs a reset
  • Arsed...cant be arsed! Why do people get that wrong???
  • I know its arsed but this forum is American and i would rather say "asked" than be questioned about the phrase 'cant be arsed'. Probably im over complicating it but its done now.
  • Arsed? Asked? Isn't it "can't be tasked with starting over.."
  • Don't think ive come across that variant of the phrase before.
  • Hope it comes out for RT. I prefer gaming on my Surface
  • Yeah! Me too
  • Agreed! I would love to play this on my Surface 2.
  • I wonder how long it would take to port to rt and Xbox? That is the idea right?
  • Its already on Xbox.
  • It should be relatively easy to port to RT.  I say relatively because nothing in game development is easy.   However, you're correct.  MS has supposedly made it easier to port titles cross platforms, especially WP8, Wrt, and W8.
  • Same here.
  • Good news indeed. If only because it's one less thing for haters to point to.
  • Epic stuff, great game!
  • Will it be a Xbox live title?
  • I might delete Vice City from my Note 3 then :) Beautiful the Support for WP8 since my 920 executed itself, But im thinking of getting a Ativ S for Gaming :)
  • Lol that would be a waste of your money... Seriously if you want a separate device for gaming get a 1520...
  • Omg this is everything I've ever wanted on my phone!!
    Thank you rockstar! (please bring us the older games also)
  • It will for lumia 720 512mb ram ?
  • No.
  • Source article says:
     It will be available for select iOS, Android, Amazon Kindle and Windows Mobile devices. 
    Whenever I see a developer/company refer to Windows Phone as "Windows Mobile" it makes me feel they considerably lack knowdlege for the platform.
  • Developer =! PR side of a company
  • You share my feelings
  • What if they actually mean Windows Mobile? :p
  • What if they mean all windows mobile devices.. Tablets are considered mobile too
  • I think it's because there exist 2 versions of Windows that are considered "mobile" (Phone and RT), and they wanted to group them together. 
  • Definitely lack of knowledge with Windows and its ever-growing platforms. :( Their PR is a disappointment.
  • It will be frustrating and boring on aphone
  • If it supported MOGA controllers it would definately be fun on WP. 
  • censured version ? coralina waits :))))
  • Hhaha
  • Yea! Homie
    CJ GOT THE HOOD BITCHES!
  • Awesome!
  • Sweet action. Maybe I'll hold onto my gift card a little longer.
  • Great
  • Absolutely fantastic news.  And very good for the WP platform.  I am very excited.
  • Been accused of not being a true gamer because I've never played a single GTA game...maybe I'll change that now IF this will run on my 8X & its an Xbox Live title...wouldn't mind having some achievement points if I'm finally going to dive into the GTA pool...
  • GTA, Call of Duty, Madden... these do not make a gamer. I've never understood the hype honestly. I'd rather play Crackdown or something.
  • I'm almost certain this game was previously available on iOS. Just checked there and it's not now. Anyways, great game which made me very proud to be Scottish. It will be murder on memory of all kinds though..especially in its improved form. I'll still be interested to see how it's received.
  • I think you are mistaken it for other GTA titles. Chinatown Wars came out for iOS around 2009 , GTA III in 2011 & Vice City in 2012 . They will release it in celebration of the 10th anniversary of GTA San Andreas.
  • I used to be involved in an online community for San Andreas...and I'm almost sure we discussed the release of the iOS version and I considered it. I'm sure I can even remember the screenshots. Of course I may be mistaken...but I'm pretty sure I'm not. EDIT: Found no mention online of it before this other than calls for it to be released...so I must be. Maybe the screenshots were for one of the other games. Who knows. I think I'm going senile in my old age! Hehe.
  • wow
    such news
    so awesome
  • Much happy
    Very like
    Many smile
  • yes!
  • Please let this be an Xbox-title.
    Please let someone at Microsoft wake up and stop being stupid and neglecting the advantages of Xbox-titles on WP.
    And please let this be at a reasonable price...for who on his right mind will pay for a mobile phone version of a game, the same it costs to buy it for PC? Anyway, glad it's coming. Wether I'll get it or not will depend only in the way it comes. With Xbox, I'll buy. Without it, I won't.
  • Same here. This