"That was the feeling we wanted rather than, 'here's the same story except from ten degrees to the left'." So can we pre-empt the next episode by seeing which characters feature the least prominently in the background?
According to Houser, this was the intention all along; one of the reasons the new content stars a character which didn't feature too prominently was to widen the narrative.
Rather than slowly exploring Liberty City through the eyes of an immigrant with a helpful series of tutorial missions (as in GTA 4), players step into the shoes of a lifelong native and are hurled, all guns blazing, straight into the action.
"Because we know that people have at least played some of GTA 4, we don't want to start again with another introduction because we don't need to," says Dan Houser, writer on both GTA 4 and the downloadable episodes.
Grand Theft Auto III is an open world action adventure video game, released on 21 October 2001 for Play Station 2.
It is part of the Grand Theft Auto video game franchise, developed by Rockstar Games and is the first installment in the third generation of the series.