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The rumors of a Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas remake were true. Rockstar Games has announced an updated version of the game for Xbox 360 in honor of its 10th anniversary.
GTA San Andreas was initially released on the Xbox 360 back in 2008. However, that was a straight port of the Xbox Original edition. The new remake replacing that port on Xbox Live features 720p resolution with enhanced draw distance. It also includes the following Achievements (via Rockstar Support):
If you bought the Xbox Originals version of GTA San Andreas, you'll still be able to access it. However, if you want to access the new features of the remake, you have to buy it. Furthermore, your save files from the Xbox Originals San Andreas won't carry over to the new version.
The GTA San Andreas remake will hit Xbox 360 on October 26th. Rockstar Games didn't mention the price of the re-release. I'd imagine it's no more than $20. I mean they added some bells and whistles but we're still talking about a 10-year-old game.
San Andreas is set in the 1990's. CJ returns to his hometown of Los Santos following years in Liberty City. He must help his old gang, the Grove Street Families, withstand attacks from rival gangs and the police. Grove Street Families' fight for survival will take CJ from Los Santos to the neighboring cities of San Fierro and Las Venturas.
The game was a fan-favorite because of its impressive scope. Players were able to explore a vast map, which included not only three cities but also the wilderness and small towns between them. They could traverse this world using a wide range of vehicles including fighter jets, boats, bicycles and helicopters.
Rockstar will also celebrates San Andreas' anniversary with a special GTA Online event with exclusive rewards.