Rockstar, the long running developers and publishers of perhaps one of the most controversial game series ever has announced that their handheld exclusive; Chinatown Wars, will be heading to the iPad on September 9th for $9.99 (USD).

Following the dismal sales of the game on the Nintendo DS and PSP due to piracy, Rockstar is hoping that the HD installation will appeal to a broader audience. The developer said:

““In addition to the wide range of features developed specifically for the previous App Store iterations, including intuitive multi-touch user interface controls, adjusted difficulty levels and iTunes customisable radio station Independence Radio, Chinatown Wars HD comes to the iPad with brand new, updated high definition graphics.”

However, it remains to be seen if the HD version will be more successful than the original port onto the iPhone and iTouch devices. If you get it, let us know!