We can confirm today that Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas will not be shown at this year's E3 in Los Angeles, confirming speculation from last week which spoke of the key Rockstar update missing the industry's biggest trade show.
The reason for the omission has not been given, with representatives from Rockstar's parent company Take 2 confirming that the game will be unveiled in June to selected press, retail and distribution partners.
Of course, this may all be smoke and mirrors from the canny outfit, perhaps part of a strategy to trump the expo. Indeed, ruling out San Andreas' inclusion, then unveiling it as a 'surprise' would certainly grab a few headlines. Expect updates in the coming weeks, with Take 2 expected to reveal its E3 line-up within the next 14 days.
In related news, strong talk abounds in the UK suggesting that Eidos' essential update to the Tomb Raider series also miss this May's Electronic Entertainment Expo. The endlessly creative development rumour mill claims that, although Crystal Dynamics has an operable demo of the game said to be fully running, Lara's latest exploits will not be playable to press or public in any way. This news has not been confirmed, and at time of press, no one from Eidos was able to comment.