Rockstar Games has today announced a partnership agreement with Capcom to localize, publish, and distribute both the PS2 and PC versions of Grand Theft Auto III in Japan. Originally released in North America back in 2001, the game is currently scheduled for release in Japan this fall.
"We are extremely excited to have the opportunity to bring Grand Theft Auto III to the Japanese gaming public," said Sam Houser, president of Rockstar Games. "We at Rockstar Games have great respect for Japan's passionate gaming community and admire its celebrated video game history. We have always felt that the freedom, nonlinearity, and gameplay mechanics explored in the Grand Theft Auto series possessed a universal allure that would appeal to gamers worldwide, and clearly Capcom shares the same beliefs. We look forward to working with them to extend the global reach of our best-selling franchise."
"It is an honor to partner with Rockstar Games to release Grand Theft Auto III in Japan," said Kenzo Tsujimoto, president and CEO of Capcom. "The Grand Theft Auto franchise changed the way video games are played and perceived with its groundbreaking gameplay, amazing production values, and unparalleled sense of style. Now, the Japanese gaming community will finally have the opportunity to experience the Grand Theft Auto phenomenon firsthand. The release of Grand Theft Auto III is sure to be a landmark event in the Japanese gaming market."