Saints Row The Third does not have multiplayer because it felt "shoe-horned" in the last game, developer Volition has said.
Associate producer James Torbit said that it wanted to focus on co-operative play and the campaign, and that competitive multiplayer was a "distraction".
"We wanted to focus from a multiplayer perspective on the co-op, this other co-op mode we can't talk about, and then the sandbox open-world experience, that's the heart of the game," he told Digital Spy.
"In some ways that competitive multiplayer mode was a distraction from that, and we wanted to say we're not going to do that and we're going to make this part of it the best we possibility can. It was a practical decision."
He added: "Maybe we felt like we shoe-horned it in a little bit on Saint's Row 2, because we have these two very different things going on, they're both very complicated, and we just want to do this, which is very popular, the best."