Towards the end of last week, Dutch magazine Power Unlimited ran an interview with Rockstar Games Creative Vice President Dan Houser, in which he seemingly dismissed the chances of online play being incorporated into Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.
?San Andreas will not be online - we would have to sacrifice too much for it,? said Houser. ?We have a lot of script writers working on GTA, and they use so many scenarios to build the story - it's impossible to do that in an online game, that problem has not been solved," he concluded.
Although arguably this somewhat misses the point. Those who listened to Rockstar?s hints of online play towards the end of last year were not really looking to become embroiled in narrative-heavy Internet gaming. The upped strategy levels of San Andreas would have been perfect for skirmish or mini-campaign episodes in an online multiplayer capacity.
The news from the wonderfully Dutch-titled magazine has since been confirmed by Rockstar?s US office, with a rep explaining to IGN that Houser?s comments are correct.