Grand Theft Auto V and Take-Two have been on top of the food chain for a long time but it looks like the publisher and its game is on a downward spiral now, as far as reputation goes. After the recent modding policy change, Grand Theft Auto V Steam reviews are on a downward spiral.
Recent reviews show over 20K “Mostly Negative” comments from the PC community. The backlash is a result of Take-Two banning OpenIV, the base of pretty much all of Grand Theft Auto V mods. Many members of the community are vowing not to support Take-Two in the future if they don’t change their consumer unfriendly policy.
OpenIV is a modding tool used to create singleplayer mods and as evident by recent Grand Theft Auto V Steam reviews, banning the tool is not sitting well with the community. To bring change, a petition was started at change.org.
At the time of this writing, the petition to unban OpenIV has over 16K supporters (and rising). The goal is to reach 25,000 signatures, only close to 9000 left to go. Rockstar nor Take-Two has released a statement regarding the backlash both the developer and publisher are facing right now.
The OpenIV allegedly allowed third-parties “to defeat security features of its software and modify that software in violation Take-Two’s rights.” OpenIV denied this and is ready to challenge Take-Two in court if necessary. However, they do not see a fruitful result of fighting Take-Two so, for now, they are shutting down.
Update: Rockstar has released the following statement:
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
How do you see Take-Two’s decision to ban OpenIV? Do you think the community can hit the corporate giant on the head hard enough to make it change its policy? Let us know your take on this in the comments below.