Take Two Takes Down GTA V OpenIV Modding Tool

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Published by Mikey 1 year ago , last updated 10 months ago

In big recent modding news, GTA V's steam page has been flooded with negative reviews after the publisher of Rockstar's latest Grand Theft Auto game, Take-Two Interactive issued a cease and desist to a near ten year old mod.

The mod in question, OpenIV, is used by modders all over the world to edit the files of Grand Theft Auto IV, Grand Theft Auto V and Max Payne 3. Take-Two Interactive say that the modding tool, which was released in 2008, allows modification authors to circumvent security features of the software and modify the software in such a way that it is in violation of Take-Two's rights.

The author of the mod has issued the following statement:

To make it all clear, here is what happened: 1 - At May 19th, 2017, I received an email from the legal counsel for Take Two Interactive in the USA. In this email they has requested to stop immediately any further work and/or distribution of OpenIV and "Liberty City in GTAV" projects. 2 – In belief, that we did not violate any laws, I asked them to provide more detailed information about their request. They agreed to provide details by email. 3 – On June 5th, 2017, after two weeks of silence, I got C&D letter from lawyers company (legal representative of Take Two in Russia), both in electronic and paper form, to my employer address. This C&D accuses me in Russian laws violations. 4 – After many heavy thoughts, we had decided to agree with their claims. We did not make it easily; it is very hard decision for us.
As Grand Theft Auto V has hundreds of modifications available which have used this tool, it's admittedly an odd decision for Take-Two to make. You could argue that the GTA series does owe some of it's success on non-console platforms to modifications which allow users to extend the base game and introduce new features or outlandish customisations which would never be officially released.

It's a huge blow to the modding community that such a well supported and regularly updated modding tool has been taken down in this manner, after so long being online. One has to wonder, what was the straw which broke the camels back?

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