The developer of the popular Grand Theft Auto modding software OpenIV, has received a cease and desist letter from publisher Take-Two Interactive. Two more mods - Lexicon and Menyoo - have both confirmed vie their websites that they have shut down, and are also donating money to charity.
Despite disagreeing with Take-Two's reasoning, the developer agreed with their claims and stopped distribution of OpenIV.
Although Rockstar stated that it was enforcing the cease-and-desist order because OpenIV "enables recent malicious mods that allow harassment of players and interfere with the GTA Online experience for everybody", it is quite interesting to note that the tool can not be used online.
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We've requested comment from Take-Two about this controversy and will update as we hear more. In slow-motion, and set to Adagio in G minor, the agents gun down Mario and the Hulk in the street, two characters who have been brought into GTA 5 thanks to mods created using OpenIV.
A new video made within GTA V showcases the problem with Take Two's move and highlights the negative effect that Take Two could have on the game. Unfortunately OpenIV enables recent malicious mods that allow harassment of players and interfere with the GTA Online experience for everybody. 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. Many games support modding, while others have had to go to lengths to make it work. For GTA V and GTA Online though, that's not happening anymore. Also, a petition on change.org to retrieve the tool has already gathered more than 45,000 signatures. In fact, people are so unhappy with the company that GTA5, a game that's typically been very widely acclaimed, now has a recent Steam user rating that averages as "overwhelmingly negative".
Despite the action against online cheat tools, Rockstar said in 2015 that it had no interest in punishing players for single-player modding.