GTA has one of the most diverse modding community in the game industry and it has given us a lot of hilarious mods even for GTA V. However, a popular GTA modding tool has been shut down by Rockstar Games’ parent company, Take-Two Interactive.
OpenIV is one of the most popular GTA modding tools out there and Take-Two Interactive has shut it down. The OpenIV group said in a message, “We feared that this day would come… And now it’s here. The day, when GTA modding was declared illegal”.
According to the group, the take down does not make any sense since it abide by the rules set by the company and did not mess with the GTA V’s online play and only made use of “clean-room reverse engineering” among other things.
The group received a cease and desist notice from Take-Two Interactive which stated that the GTA modding tools allowed third-parties “to defeat security features of its software and modify that software in violation Take-Two’s rights”.
According to the group, they can go to the court and prove these allegations wrong but, it will take a lot of time and effort and the group will get nothing out of it. With that in mind, the group has decided to shut down the GTA modding tool.
It was a hard decision, but when any modding activity has been declared illegal, we can’t see any possibilities to continue this process,” it said. “Unless top management of Take-Two company makes an official statement about modding, which can be used in court.
This is not the first time something like this has happened as previously Red Dead Redemption V mod for GTA V was canceled. This mod aimed to bring the original RDR to PC. According to the modder, the team was contacted after the trailer for the mod was released.