As you may have noticed, Destructoid has not posted the Achievements yet for GTA4. We also, retracted a little bit of Nick's rumor post earlier and have not added anything else concerning the story or gameplay. Now the question is, "Why?" Let me explain.
We found out some information a few days ago that seemed to be legit. It came from a source that had proven credible in the past but we still decided to take time and put in a little research to make sure that we didn't lead you down the wrong rabbit hole. We realized that if the information was in fact true, that it probably wouldn't be something that Rockstar would want to be public this far ahead of the games April release date. To be fair, we emailed someone at Rockstar letting them know, more or less, some of what we had. While we like to break the news, unlike
Paris Hilton, also Paris Hilton, someone unethical, we have a pretty strong policy against screwing people over to get ahead.
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After no response from Rockstar, we thought that posting some details of what we were leaked, would be both newsworthy and if true, not overly damaging to GTA4's marketing and to you the gamer, in terms of spoilers. We did not come out in full force because we felt that if these things did have merit, then "Harry Potter goes to wizard school" and "Snape kills Dumbledore", are still two very different things.
I can assure you that no threats were made, no incentives were given, but we did receive a few phone calls. Rockstar takes its security and integrity seriously, even if only a few nuggets of truth make it to the surface. We were not overly pressured but treated with total respect. I was never directly asked to withhold posting more information, but I actually offered to wait until closer to launch. But this still doesn't answer "Why?"
Well, I did this is because first and foremost, I am a gamer. I am not a journalist above that. I do this because I want gaming to be better. I honestly felt like I would be doing something that took away from something that I love. Do you really want to know everything about the games story before you play it? Would you want me to tell you the end of a movie before you see it? By the way, Snape does kill Dumbledore and I think some of them turn out to be gay. This isn't about burning bridges or loosing ad revenue, it was about doing the right thing... and maybe a little about me being a pussy.
I apologize to all of you that really wanted to know more details, but it all boils down to the fact that it just isn't in me. Destructoid will not be the source for GTA4 achievements and/or spoilers unless Rockstar personally gives us the information... or we can Via it from Kotaku. We aren't completely stupid you know?
I can offer you something that I do know for sure. The game is virtually finished on both the PS3 and the Xbox 360. It is in the final stages and only being tweaked ever so slightly to perfect the gameplay. I can also promise you that this will be a great game with a ton of content that you will not go through in one sitting. Now please, make all checks payable to RonWorkman@Destructoid.com.