Rockstar and Take-Two seem to be bowing to the pressure of 47,000 negative steam reviews in the last 30 days as well as 78,000 signatures on the ‘save OpenIV’ petition by adjusting their stance on single player mods, saying they “generally” won’t take action against modders.
Early this month, the developers of OpenIV revealed that they had received a cease and desist letter from Rockstar Games’ parent company, Take-Two Interactive. The OpenIV developers chose to stop the distribution of the program instead of taking the case to court.
Due to the fan uproar, Rockstar Games and Take-Two have had to change the way they deal with Grand Theft Auto 5 mods. Rockstar responded to the outrage by stating the following on their site:
“Rockstar Games believes in reasonable fan creativity, and, in particular, wants creators to showcase their passion for our games. After discussions with Take-Two, Take-Two has agreed that it generally will not take legal action against third-party projects involving Rockstar’s PC games that are single-player, non-commercial, and respect the intellectual property (IP) rights of third parties”
Rockstar makes it very clear that the statement is “not a license,” and “does not constitute endorsement, approval or authorization,” but, it gives players hope for the future of the community.
Take-Two is focussing on going after GTA Online mods which have been disrupting users for quite some time now. GTA Online modifications hit closer to home for Take-Two as money hacking is an appealing alternative to spending up to $99 USD on 8 million in game dollars. Take-Two earn a significant amount from ‘Shark Cards’, so combatting tools cheating tools could help to boost their profits (well, maybe before they annoyed their entire PC fanbase).
As previously said, Rockstar’s post gives Take-Two room to dispute other mods that may appear in future, however, this is certainly a step forward for the entire Grand Theft Auto 5 community.