I mean, Willy is not the same Willy from Vice City? Even though he looks and sounds the exact same and has the same voice actor? What?
Willy was in Vice City, he was in the rigged Limo, and Tommy saved him. 30 years later, he's in Whisky a Go Go in Los Santos 2013. Why would that be so hard to accept? It's years later and there is no need to mention tommy so he's not mentioned. You dont need it to be an entire different universe to understand why tommy isnt there. Willy in V is LITERALLY like having Jim Carrey as the Riddler in the Nolan films, because that's exactly what happened here. Same actor and everything. It's the same guy.
oh my god... how are you having so much difficulty understanding this concept....
Jim Carrey could have LITERALLY been the The Riddler in Nolans films, but that would NOT mean it would have been canonical with prior films.
Tommy, Claude & CJ, as well all of Love Fist, could have been GTA V, but that would NOT mean it would have been canonical with the prior games.
Why on earth is anyone actually concerned about canon in GTAV? It doesn't matter, guys. Not one iota.