Take-Two and OpenIV are in the limelight across the modding community and currently, the creator of Grand Theft Auto V is facing a backlash from PC gamers. The company shutting down this popular modding tool didn’t sit well with the gaming community and it shows, reviews on Steam for GTAV took a downward spiral.
The problem started back in May 2017 when the creators of OpenIV received an email from Take-Two. The email was from the legal counsel for Take-Two Interactive in the United States.
The company requested the termination of all projects under development using OpenIV and scrapping “Liberty City in GTAV.” OpenIV believed that it didn’t violate any laws and asked the counsel to provide more information about their request, to which they agreed.
However, on June 5th, after two weeks to radio silence, modders got a cease and desist order from the firm representing Take-Two in Russia. The email accused OpenIV of being in violation of Russian Laws.
OpenIV had the right of fighting back but after giving it some thought, the team decided to shut down its operations, going up against such a big company wouldn’t have had a fruitful result.
At the time, Take-Two kept quite but after its reviews plummeted and the community raised its concerns, Take-Two had to break the silence and share its side of the story.
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.
What’s interesting is that GTA Online couldn’t have been affected by OpenIV. It is a fact that you can not access GTA Online if you altered the game. Here’s what happens if you try to access GTA Online with an OpenIV mod installed.
It is unclear why exactly Take-Two blames OpenIV for GTA Online issues but it unlikely that this modding tool had much to do with those problems. Now, unless there is a way to bypass this we don’t see players using this modding tool to go online.