In the last couple of hours, the hotly anticipated mod for GTA V, which aims to port the entire map from Red Dead Redemption to the game, announced it has cancelled the project, due to a cease and desist letter received from Take-Two Interactive.
The mod had only just released it's first trailer, and new screenshots, which had gained it some traction in mainstream gaming media - as of writing, that trailer has now been taken down from YouTube, and although the mod's thread is still active on GTA Forums, the developers have announced that they are no longer going to be able to pursue the project.
The developer, Mr. Leisurewear, had the following to say;
I know this is hard pill to swallow, but as you may have noticed we did get contacted , and we sadly have to say we are stopping this project. So thanks guys, we were all so happy to see this, but it isn't going to happen, sorry.
Fans of the mod showed support for the author, showing appreciation and regret that the project, three years in the making, has now been cancelled.
This isn't the first time a long-term total conversion mod such as this, especially when involved in highly profitable IP's, suddenly gets the kibosh put on it as soon as it gains recognition in the gaming media. Members of the community have however, defended Rockstar Games themselves, theorising that they are not necessarily the ones responsible for wanting to have the mod taken down, but rather, their parent company, Take-Two.
GTA Forums member Spider-Vice had the following to say;
Pretty sure this wasn't on Rockstar either. They apparently didn't even bat an eye at FiveM, but then came Take-Two to NTA. People use the excuse that Rockstar is "free" inside Take-Two but at the end of the day, this isn't the case. T2 own Rockstar, and T2 don't know anything about video games, just the market, which means that anything they deem a threat, they will act upon it, even if Rockstar knows nothing about it Anyone remember when mods were featured on the Newswire?
Could this be some unwanted bad publicity for Take-Two and Rockstar Games on the build up to Red Dead Redemption 2, or are they protecting their intellectual property pending a potential release of a Red Dead Redemption game on PC?
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