On this day of gaming, Take Two Interactive, the publisher for Grand Theft Auto 5 has issued a legal Cease-and Desist letter to the modding team known as Open IV.
The reason for this being that Take Two Interactive believes that the Modders are using the modding tool to cheat their way to the multiplayer, chat their way in GTA Online. The team explain themselves in their site page.
“For almost ten years of OpenIV development, we had tried to play as nice as possible and even more:
- Strictly following of Civil Code of Russia (only reverse engineering for interoperability).
- Only clean-room reverse engineering.
- No distribution of original data and code.
- And absolutely no messing with Online…”
` The relationship between the two have been shoddy at best. A simple re-texture mod for GTA 5 would be misinterpreted for something more malicious, banning the player. Although these things happen, players were highly advised to disable any mods once entering GTA Online, it seems the few have ruined it for the many.
Fans have been outraged after this news and have retaliated by ranking down the user reviews on the GTA 5 store page. As it stands the user reviews for the game have become abysmal.
PC gamer have approached Rockstar Games for their statement and this is their comment.
“Take-Two’s actions were not specifically targeting single player mods. Unfortunately OpenIV enables recent malicious mods that allow harassment of players and interfere with the GTA Online experience for everybody. We are working to figure out how we can continue to support the creative community without negatively impacting our players.”
With the shutdown of Open 4 it appears a gigantic feat for the modding community will never come to be. The highly ambitious mod that would have allowed GTA 4’s Liberty City added to GTA 5’s Los Santos seems to have come to a halt with this news.
As of right now, there is a Petition planned for Take Two Interactive, it appeals for the modding community to resume as they were. Currently, the petition has over 20,000 signatures.