Maybe! At the Electronic Entertainment Expo, Rockstar Games just announced that the next downloadable episode of Grand Theft Auto IV, arriving this fall, will be called GTAIV: The Ballad of Gay Tony. Disappointingly, though, you won’t actually get to play as the title character. Says the press release:
“As Luis Lopez, part-time hoodlum and full-time assistant to legendary nightclub impresario Tony Prince (aka ‘Gay Tony’), players will struggle with the competing loyalties of family and friends, and with the uncertainty about who is real and who is fake in a world in which everyone has a price.”
So will Gay Tony be a complex, sympathetically portrayed anti-hero who just happens to be gay? Or a wildly offensive stereotype? Based on the game’s title, official logo (at right), and previous experience in the Grand Theft Auto universe, we’re going to guess both.