Rockstar has requested that US site Destructoid remove details of GTA IV's multiplayer compenent. Following the launch of Rockstar's GTA IV website yesterday, the site posted some rumoured information about online play. The word "multiplayer" was seen for the first time on the game's site, tantalisingly ghosted out.
"We've been asked by Rockstar to wait until the game is closer to launch before giving up all the goods," said the site "Just as we respect our anon tipster's wishes to remain out of jail we're also willing to work with the game company's wishes. The less lawyers involved the better, so some of the details from this post have been removed so some people can sleep soundly tonight. Go home, lady!"
Unfortunately for Rockstar (and its lawyers), Kotaku got to the news first. According to the site's coverage of the story, "a rumored tagged report from Destructoid, citing an anonymous source," says "a suite of multiplayer options are planned, including death match, co-op, team based head-to-head battles and online races."
The game's Xbox 360 achievements list is also known to be in circulation. That addage about death and taxes being the only certainties in life missed a third: "you can't beat the internet".