Rockstar Games today announced an October 20 date for the upcoming PSP game Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars.

The announcement dropped on the official Rockstar Games Twitter, which is news in itself as more publishers try to reach out directly to their users rather than through media outlets and blogs.  Nice to see Rockstar stay ahead of the game in this regard.

The new portable is a port of a Nintendo DS game by the same name that was met with critical praise but a lukewarm sales reception.

Nintendo’s audience may indeed be too family-friendly for a series like GTA, so Rockstar is putting this out on the PSP as a retail UMD and a downloadable game through the PlayStation Store.