Take-Two Interactive has just delivered a hammer-blow to millions of modders worldwide, not to mention its own reputation.
After a solid run, Open VI – just about the most popular modding tool on Earth for GTA V – has been immediately and permanently shut down. According to its creators, Take-Two slammed them with a cease and desist order after nearly a decade of operation, bring to an end a glorious era of GTA V modding.
Suffice to say, the global GTA community has gone more than a little nuts.
The company reports that the order was received on Jun 5, which apparently talks of the way in which the modding tool allows and encourages “third parties to defeat security features of its software and modify that software in violation Take-Two’s rights.”
Rather than mounting any kind of defence, the developers behind Open VI have decided to instead comply and pull the plug.
“Yes, we can go to court and yet again prove that modding is fair use and our actions are legal,” creator GooD-NTS wrote.
“Yes, we could. But we decided not to. Going to court will take at least few months of our time and huge amount of efforts, and, at best, we’ll get absolutely nothing. Spending time just to restore status quo is really unproductive, and all the money in the world can’t compensate the loss of time. So, we decided to agree with their claims and we’re stopping distribution of OpenIV.”
As such, try getting into the system now and you’ll see only the following notice:
Modders all over the world have vented their collective fury, with many suggesting that they’ll never spend a penny on anything Take-Two comes up with ever again. Modding has always been such a big part of the appeal of the GTRA franchise – the fact that this massive selling-point has been eliminated by its very creators really is a little on the nonsensical side.