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Rockstar announces GTA 3 10th anniversary - iPhone release confirmed

Merchandise and re-release to celebrate birthday

Rockstar's announced it's to celebrate the tenth anniversary of Grand Theft Auto III, releasing various merchandise and a re-release of the PS2 classic on mobile devices.

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The anniversary, which is officially penned for October 22, will pre-empt the release of GTA's 3D debut on "select new generation iOS and Android devices" (iPad 2, iPhone 4S only) this autumn.

Mobile versions of the game will be available to play at the 2011 New York Comic-Con from October 14-16.

For those unable to attend, the Rockstar Warehouse (www.rockstarwarehouse.com) is relaunching today, where "special anniversary edition items" will be available for purchase throughout October.

Beginning today, the limited-edition action figure of Grand Theft Auto III lead character, Claude, will be available for pre-order through the Rockstar Warehouse. The action figure will be on sale on October 20.

The "fully articulated" 1:6 scale Claude figure comes dressed in his original attire of cargo pants and a bomber jacket, says Rockstar, and is also supplied with his iconic Liberty City Prison-issued jumpsuit.

The Claude figure is equipped with an arsenal of classic weapons from Grand Theft Auto III, including a bat, knife, grenades, pistol, sniper rifle, and assault rifle. He's ready for Sidcup.

"Grand Theft Auto III showed us the potential of open world games," said Sam Houser, founder of Rockstar Games. "It helped set the vision for the company, and we have been expanding on those possibilities with every game ever since."

Grand Theft Auto III was originally released in October 2001 for the PlayStation 2.

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