Rockstar Games preps PSP version of GTA: Chinatown Wars

San Francisco (CA) – Rockstar Games has confirmed that Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars will be available for the Sony PSP this fall. The latest version of the popular title is expected to feature “upscaled” widescreen graphics, enhanced lighting and advanced animation.

Jack Tretton, President and CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment America, explained that the Rockstar’s “work with the GTA series” has significantly contributed to the alleged “success” of the PlayStation platform.

“We’re excited to welcome the critically acclaimed Chinatown Wars to the outstanding line-up of great games headed to the PSP platform this fall,” spun Tretton.

GTA: Chinatown Wars follows the story of Huang Lee, a young Triad member who travels to Liberty City following the mysterious death of his father. Lee is forced to carefully navigate his way through the dangerous streets as he uncovers a sordid tale of crime and corruption within the Triad crime syndicate.

It should be noted that Rockstar Games recently announced The Ballad of Gay Tony – an upcoming GTA IV expansion pack for the XBOX 360. According to Rockstar, Episodes from Liberty City will include The Lost and Damned title along with The Ballad of Gay Tony on a single disc.

The Ballad of Gay Tony reportedly “injects” Liberty City with an “overdose” of guns, glitz, and grime. Players assume the role of Luis Lopez, a part-time hoodlum and full-time assistant to legendary nightclub impresario Tony Prince (aka “Gay Tony”). Unsurprisingly, Lopez is caught between the competing loyalties of family and friends. He is soon forced to decide “who is real and who is fake in a world in which everyone has a price.”

Episodes, which is expected to cost $39.99, does not require a copy of the original Grand Theft Auto IV to play.

Xbox 360 owners will also have the option of downloading The Ballad of Gay Tony this fall for $19.99 or 1600 MS points. However, players will be required to have a copy of GTA IV as well as Xbox LIVE membership.