Rockstar says it shut down Grand Theft Auto mod tool for enabling ‘malicious mods’

This week, the Grand Theft Auto V/Online community has been in absolute uproar over a cease-and-desist letter Rockstar and Take-Two sent to the operators of OpenIV, a modding tool that’s served the series’ community for almost 10 years.

“Take-Two’s actions were not specifically targeting single player mods,” Rockstar told PC Gamer. “Unfortunately OpenIV enables recent malicious mods that allow harassment of players and interfere with the GTA Online experience for everybody. We are working to figure out how we can continue to support the creative community without negatively impacting our players.”

Players have questioned this rationale since single-player mods are theoretically not available to play in GTAO. Rockstar has said it will not pursue players who used these tools, because duh.

The Russia-based OpenIV team told followers that it’s known for a long time it was operating in a “gray zone” and did its best to stay clean. While the modders say they believe they would prevail in court, they “decided not to” fight the megacorp because of the time an expense; consequently, they complied with the takedown request.

GTAV’s Steam reviews have taken a massive nosedive thanks to a concerted campaign by gamers to tank its ratings. As I type this, the Reddit subs for the game are handling everything with grace and proportion like adults, as evinced by the “FUCK TAKE-TWO” blimp mod and the video overtly comparing Take-Two to Nazi Germany currently on page one. There’s at least one petition floating around too, but it hasn’t gained much traction. Not a great day for the modding community all around.

Source: OpenIV, PC Gamer
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Danny Smith

Anyone believe this? anyone at all?

Its like each dev that plays the “we will sell more dlc if we kill off mods” card thinks nobody sees what they are doing. Its the game dev version of ‘that wasn’t me, my little brother was on my computer, swear on me mum’.

Sure thing bud, sure thing.

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Emmanuel Carabott

Lol, the explanation is simply ridiculous. Even if it was true someone used OpenIV to create mods that might diminish the experience of GTA Online it doesnt make sense to go after them rather then going after whoever created the offending mod. With that same argument They should shut down GTA online itself for it too “enables recent malicious mods that allow harassment of players and interfere with the GTA Online experience for everybody”.

I am going to make a prediction here. Take too like Bethesda’s idea of Creation Club and this is step 1 in their attempt at having a piece of the pie.

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Necromonger

Well i wont be buying any rockstar games.
And it wont be surpised if we get a free payed mods like Bethesda but just cost credits wich are totaly free of charge….

Like seriouslyOnline has been a failure since day one…
Greed and milking their players has become #1 priority with GTA 5.
Skidrow all the way for Rockstar Games from this point forward.

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mcsleaz

So, after 10 yrs it’s suddenly a problem now? More like they want to monetize the mods and rape the playerbase even further than they have with the Shark Cards. Fck Rockstar & Take Two.

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squidgod2000

Without mods, how are we supposed to make these shit games playable?

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BalsBigBrother

Oh dear … Take Two dun shot themselves in the foot big time.

Sad to see modders handled with such a big mallet when they would have been better served just talking to the modders and come to an agreement. Pretty much most mod authors are respectful of the games they mod and would probably have made changes if requested.

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Michael18

This is not about the online mode. People at T2 can’t be so naïve to think they could contain online hacking by going against offline modding.

Guess it’s part of this broader trend towards monetization of modding. The suits see a popular mod and all they can think of is a missed opportunity to sell a DLC. But what they don’t understand is that the modding scene we have today can only exist as a hobbyist activity. If there is financial interest involved, modders will compete with people that are doing it for the money. Having a financial interest is not a bad thing in itself, but having this competition will ruin the joy of tinkering for 95% of modders. And this joy of tinkering, the fact that people are modding primarily because it’s fun, this is what makes mods so appealing and such a refreshing complement to the commercial (base) games.

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Sally Bowls

Rockstar’s response differs: “Take-Two’s actions were not specifically targeting single player mods. Unfortunately OpenIV enables recent malicious mods that allow harassment of players and interfere with the GTA Online experience for everybody,

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Michael18

Yes, this is the quote I was referring to in my 1st paragraph.

OpenIV was intended only for modding the single player mode. Even if it was used by a few online mode hacks (which I don’t know), banning it will not make online hacking go away.

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mcsleaz

The opposite is whats going to happen, the hackers are going to RAGE!

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Tobasco da Gama

They’re pretty much just lying about this.

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Sorenthaz

Funny how pissing off a modding community rarely ever ends well.

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Zander

Trying to eliminate cheating and money drops is one thing. Take Two has made it clear that it’s more than that though. While it’s not a major drive in sales, I do feel sorry that a few bad apples for online play are affecting an entire on and offline community.

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NeoWolf

Yet again we have another example of a few iditos spoiling things for the rest of us.

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mcsleaz

Actually, it’s just an excuse to monetize the mods, watch and see.

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Rees Racer

Questionable timing (at best) as this comes less than a week before the Steam Summer Sale, where GTA V is getting hammered in the review section…

Yes, I realise that there might not be tens of thousands of PC gamers who have not yet purchased the game, but were planning to. However, it still reflects poorly on Take Two (more than Rockstar, really), and has the appearance of motive (money) other than protecting the integrity of GTAO, where the impact of single-player mod-tools is questionable.

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Michael18

and it comes shortly after acquiring Kerbal Space Program, a game that relies heavily on its modding community.

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Kane Hart

meanwhile any simple memory editor can cheat in the game just fine. Anyone use this OpenIV was people actually making Online Mods for cheating? I actually thought they had setup so it on purpose not let you online. This why I feel like they might be bullshatting us just because majority would not know this and be like ohh we love rockstar again.

Either way maybe if they did not have a poor setup and really crappy P2P system this would not matter..

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Schmidt.Capela

To the best of my knowledge OpenIV doesn’t work, at all, in online play; it intentionally uses a way to bypass the anti-tampering check that, when turned on, removes the ability to play online.

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Sally Bowls

The devs claim otherwise. IDK and it’s your choice to believe them.(bold mine)

developer Rockstar has spoken out in the publisher’s defence[sic], explaing[sic] the cease and desist was issued to protect GTA Online players. The impact on single-player mods was unfortunate collateral damage.

“Take-Two’s actions were not specifically targeting single player mods. Unfortunately OpenIV enables recent malicious mods that allow harassment of players and interfere with the GTA Online experience for everybody,” said Rockstar

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Kane Hart

Yeah this what I thought as well. Why I was thinking this might be a cocked up story just to throw the general public off it and side with them. Oh well.

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