GTA 5 publisher shuts down popular fan-made modding tool

Audrey Hill
June 20, 2017

The developer of the popular Grand Theft Auto modding software OpenIV, has received a cease and desist letter from publisher Take-Two Interactive.

"We will be donating our proceeds to charity and we apologise for any and all problems Force Hax services have caused to the Grand Theft Auto Online community".

PC Gamer has reported that more Grand Theft Auto mods are shutting down under the threat of legal action, following last week's closure of the OpenIV editing mod. An update that was provided also reveals that Take-Two's decision to ask for the shutdown of OpenIV followed after recent mods were proven malicious as they allowed for the harassment of players and ruin the "GTA" online experience for others. The tool has been in use for over a decade and is utilized in offline versions of various Rockstar games, including Max Payne, GTA IV, and GTA V. Similarly, the overall all-time rating for the extremely popular game has become "Mixed" due to Take-Two's controversial move as well.

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The community is reacting to these closures, but possibly not in the way Take-Two Interactive would have hoped. GTA Online has become a major point of pride (and, more importantly, revenue) for Rockstar Games and Take-Two, so it's cracking down on anything that threatens the player experience there. Over 38,000 negative Steam reviews of GTA 5 have now appeared in the past few days, dropping its "recent" review score to "Overwhelmingly Negative". The most realistic hope is probably that Take-Two will spend some time clamping down on cheaters, shake its finger sternly, then once again turn a blind eye to single-player focused modding.

The most highly rated Steam user review by someone called EMT said "On behalf of the OpenIV team, ♥♥♥♥ you", and linked to an online petition requesting the publisher allow OpenIV.

They also claim they are working on this issue so that they can "support the creative community" without hurting other players.

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