No multiplayer mode in GTA3

Last year's most popular, most controversial, and best selling PlayStation 2 game is finally coming to the PC. Grand Theft Auto III for the PlayStation 2 was--and still is--a highly innovative game that blended nonstop action with a compelling plot and believable characters. For nearly six months, PlayStation 2 owners have had the game all to themselves, but that'll change this May.

GS: The original Grand Theft Auto and Grand Theft Auto 2 both had multiplayer modes. Why isn't there any multiplayer support in Grand Theft Auto III?

DH: We felt we made massive advances in the design of 3D single-player action in Grand Theft Auto III. Attitude, characterization, immersiveness, and the seamless combination of driving, gunplay, and running about in a fully developed world while following a nonlinear story. We always felt the multiplayer versions failed to do justice to the single-player games in previous iterations of Grand Theft Auto, and now that the game is in 3D, we thought this would only be exacerbated by the completeness of the single-player game. With a multiplayer version of the game, we want to do something more than just a deathmatch mode in order to stay true to what the game concept is all about. It is going to take a long time to get this perfected.

Interview: GameSpot

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