Microsoft have released a statement responding to "what was said yesterday", in reference to the tweets made by Microsoft Studios' creative director, Adam Orth.
Orth had expressed some surprise at the ongoing controversy surrounding always-online requirements for hardware.
"Sorry, I don’t get the drama around having an ‘always on’ console,” Orth said on Twitter. “Every device now is ‘always on’. That’s the world we live in. #dealwithit.”
Microsoft have distanced themselves from the comments, whilst spectacularly failing to provide any clarity of their own.
Here's the official statement, via Major Nelson:
"We apologize for the inappropriate comments made by an employee on Twitter yesterday. This person is not a spokesperson for Microsoft, and his personal views do not reflect the customer centric approach we take to our products or how we would communicate directly with our loyal consumers. We are very sorry if this offended anyone, however we have not made any announcements about our product roadmap, and have no further comment on this matter."
So, a chance to lay the matter to bed once and for all, but no. They bottled it. Still no word on that rumoured Durango reveal either.
Just to stir the pot a bit, it's worth noting that Sony have already said rather unequivocally that you'll be able to play the PS4 offline. Nice one, Orth.