Grand Theft Auto modding project folds following Take-Two's demands

Posted June 16, 2017

OpenIV is more of a file editor used for modding the single-player version of Grand Theft Auto V and removing it will only continue to hurt the player base. The game is still, even after its release four years ago, a regular feature on the UK's video game charts and it has a large player base on PC for its GTA Online mode. But there is something odd in the Grand Theft Auto franchise, with Rockstar Games and Take-Two Interactive often taking confusing positions on what communities can do with their games. As such, the OpenIV modding tool has been declared as illegal. PC Grand Theft Auto 5 gamers trying to launch Open IV are greeted with the message that the service is "discontinued" because Take-Two said modding games is "an illegal activity and demands from us to discontinue the project".

'On June 5th, 2017, we had received an official Cease-and-Desist letter, ' the group explains in its announcement. The team have decided that continuing development and distribution of the mod wouldn't be worth the legal risks, and so are ceasing all development and taking the mod down. But we decided not to.

The developers have pulled the software, claiming that Take-Two had threatened legal action.

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"Going to court will take at least few months of our time and huge amount of efforts, and, at best, we'll get absolutely nothing", the post says.

"Spending time just to restore status quo is really unproductive, and all the money in the world can't compensate the loss of time", Open IV's developers said in a blog post. Let us know in the comments. A lot of them thought this happened just because Rockstar had planned to bring Red Dead Redemption to the PC before the release of Red Dead Redemption 2. Earlier today, the publisher behind some of the most well-established IP's such as Grand Theft Auto and Bioshock has sent out a notice that prohibits users from modifying its games.