It's a bumper news day for fans of the adult-themed games specialists Rockstar, with a new PSP version of Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars announced and a release date of October 30 2009 slipping out for the publisher's Max Payne 3.
Chinatown Wars will be made available as both a downloadable title and in more traditional UMD format when it releases at some as-yet-unspecified point in the future.
"We're proud to extend this truly unique handheld Grand Theft Auto experience to PSP and offer a downloadable version of Chinatown Wars for PSP Go!," said Rockstar founder Sam Houser.
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"Rockstar Leeds has shown incredible talent in creating games that raise the bar in terms of depth and innovation on portables, and with Chinatown Wars we have a rich, fast-paced, and incredibly addictive entry into the series."
Sony loves Rockstar
SCEA CEO Jack Tretton was also quick to praise the publisher's decision to back PSP Go!, noting: "Rockstar's work with the GTA series has been an enormous part of the success of PlayStation platforms."
Discussing the slow take-up of the title on the Nintendo DS, Take-Two CEO Ben Feder told games trade magazine MCV that "DS titles take a longer time to sell, the good ones have long legs and we expect this game to behave in the same way."
Finally, Rockstar's forthcoming Max Payne 3 is now listed on Play.com with an October 30 release date priced at £39.99.
LivePlayStation confirmed with Play.com and were informed: "Thank you for your recent enquiry regarding the release date of Max Payne 3. Please be advised that the release date for this item, currently scheduled for 30/10/09, has been given to us by the developers of the game."