Microsoft issues official statement regarding creative director’s “interesting” words on “always-online”

Yesterday, the videogame world was once again treated to another rumor about Microsoft’s next-gen Xbox. Supposedly, the Xbox 720 — or whatever it’s going to be called — won’t allow players to play any game without an active internet connection. Yes, that includes single-player games, too.

Unfortunately for Microsoft, one of their employees, Microsoft Studios creative director Adam Orth, took to Twitter to address some of the “issues” people had with this and let’s just say, it didn’t go over as well as some people might have hoped.

Now, Microsoft has issued an official statement via their PR firm Edelman to clear the air — or at least get some of that heat away from Orth who has since set his Twitter account to “private.”

We are aware of the comments made by an employee on Twitter. This person is not a spokesperson for Microsoft, and his personal views are not reflective of those of the company. We have not made any announcements about our product roadmap, and have no further comment on this matter.

Quite understandably, Microsoft has not denied the rumors swirling about that their next console needs to be “always online.” But based on their official statement, Orth’s tweets got too much attention that Redmond had to step in. I wouldn’t be surprised if he got a slap on the wrist or is facing a serious talking to by his superiors.

Whatever the case might be, let’s hope Microsoft doesn’t pull this stunt for the Xbox 720. While we wait for the hardware’s official unveiling, all we can do is wait, speculate and possibly share at our displeasure that something like this is even being rumored.

What do you think happened to Orth after the tweets have become widespread? Should Microsoft take a look at the reaction just to gauge how people will take this mandatory online thing?

Thanks, GameInformer