Take-Two, Grand Theft Auto’s publisher, looks to have set its sights on the modding scene. On June 5th, the company sent a cease and desist letter to the makers of OpenIV, a set of modding tools that let modders add new models, textures, and scripts to GTA IV, GTA V, and other games using the Rockstar’s Rage Engine.
Rather than fight the takedown notice, the makers of OpenIV published in a blog post that it will comply and stop distributing its tools.
What’s strangest about this news is that OpenIV is not a new tool. It’s been in open development for almost a decade. So, for some reason, Take Two has now decided it has crossed a line.
The makers of OpenIV haven’t published the full letter but they claim that “On June 5th, 2017, we had received an official Cease-and-Desist letter. It clearly says, that with OpenIV we “allow third parties to defeat security features of its software and modify that software in violation Take-Two’s rights“.
Members of the GTA modding community have said that this could mean an end to the most popular GTA modding as the tool was used for most mods that swapped out models in the games, Typical Gamer, a popular Youtuber who uploads videos of GTA mods, said:
Without @OpenIV there will be no more characters swaps (Spiderman, Hulk, Iron Man, etc) as well as no real life vehicles mods + much more
— Typical Gamer (@TypicalGamer) June 14, 2017
I’ve contacted Take-Two and Rockstar for comment and will update this post if they respond.