Microsoft's new Xbox chief, Don Mattrick, created some buzz yesterday when he implied that online multiplayer would be exclusive to the Xbox 360 version of Rockstar's highly anticipated Grand Theft Auto IV. In a recent podcast interview with Xbox Live's Larry "Major Nelson" Hyrb, Mattrick expounded:
"GTA IV is an amazing piece of software and I'm really excited with its downloadable content and online multiplayer support. Again, that's something that's unique to 360."
This raised questions with GTA fans over how "unique" multiplayer support would be for the 360 release of GTA IV. Rockstar sensed the vibes and quickly moved to clarify the confusion, stating for the record that both the 360 and PlayStation 3 versions of GTA IV will benefit from online multiplayer modes. In fact, this is something they've confirmed before, but the company probably wants to be sure Mattrick's recent comments weren't taken out of context. Mattrick was likely refering to the exclusive episodic content for the Xbox 360 version, delivered via Xbox Live; Microsoft expects such content alone to encompass at least 10 hours of additional gameplay on top of the regular story.