The Grand Theft Auto V modding drama continues! As you may have heard, popular Grand Theft Auto V modding tool OpenIV was recently (temporarily) shot down. Eventually Rockstar Games managed to convince parent company Take-Two Interactive to spare OpenIV, but it seems the modding tool’s return comes at a price.
In addition to creating tools to make other mods possible, the OpenIV Team was working on a large-scale project of their own – namely, importing of the entire Grand Theft Auto IV Liberty City map into GTA V. Obviously, that’s something a lot of fans were pretty excited for, but, unfortunately, it seems it’s no longer happening. Here’s what the OpenIV team had to say about the situation:
“Thank you to everyone who supported us in this tough situation. We’re very grateful for your support and for demonstration of the fact that modding community is still a minority, but very vocal, creative and determined minority. Yes, this is your victory! Congratulations and many thanks once again!
The development of OpenIV will be continued as before. OpenIV never supported GTA Online modding and will not support it in the future. Our work will be continued within the Rockstar modding policy. Unfortunately, our highly anticipated mod “Liberty City in GTA V” will not be released because it clearly contradicts with Rockstar modding policy.”
So, Open IV is being allowed to live, but the team now has to toe the line 100 percent. Rockstar’s modding policy says you can’t import other games or IP into GTA V (including Rockstar stuff), so the Liberty City mod had to go. Rockstar also recently shut down an attempt to remake the Red Dead Redemption map in GTA V – basically, these kind of projects could interfere with plans to make actual remakes of these games in the future, so, as cool as they are, Rockstar has to crack down.
While OpenIV has been spared, Rockstar and Take-Two are still bringing the hammer down on GTA Online cheating, taking down multiple modding/hacking tools, and banning individual players. This story isn’t done yet!
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