Grand Theft Auto V is well-known for its numerous, player-created mods and brilliant machinima videos, so it comes as a surprise to learn that one of the game's most popular modding tools, OpenIV, has been taken offline. Others used OpenIV to add new vehicles, weapons and features to GTA V. This is due to how long the court process would take the the team doesn't believe they will be given any compensation.
'On June 5th, 2017, we had received an official Cease-and-Desist letter, ' the group explains in its announcement. But we decided not to. Concerns have also been raised about the future of modding Take-Two-published titles in general, given that if OpenIV's claims are true and the letter is genuine then any such work can be rendered a legal hazard at any time.
Spending time just to restore status quo is really unproductive, and all the money in the world can't compensate the loss of time.
One of the best things about the Grand Theft Auto series has been its modding community on PC.
"Take-Two's actions were not specifically targeting single player mods". Here is a sample of the reaction from Kotaku's post. Or we could discuss how petulant legal threats of this kind are a detriment to creation and the operations of running a creative endeavor. We've reached out to Take Two Interactive for confirmation and comment and will update the post upon their reply.
Whether or not this will make an impact on Take-Two's decision remains to be seen. Given the extreme backlash, whatever harm was caused to gamers themselves by the modding tool must be minimal at worst.
Modding is what helps games thrive on PC, giving them long legs, and keeping them relevant, popular, and profitable even years after release.