Grand Theft Auto 5 Mod Tool OpenIV Shut Down by Lawsuit

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OpenIV was an essential tool that unlocked the files of GTA V, GTA IV and Max Payne 3, allowing modders greater access to the game and paving the way for things like conversion mods.

A Russian developer behind the popular Grand Theft Auto V modding tool Open IV said the project is being killed off in the wake of a cease-and-desist demand from game maker Take-Two. GTA has had a long, rich history of modding, which has continued with GTA5. The guys apparently have no inclination to fight this out in court, so they've complied with the requests.

It's rumored that Take-Two planned this move in order to restrain cheaters from ruining GTA Online, but cheating will continue to remain until they tackle scripting and memory-based issues.

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In a thread titled "Take Two vs Modding" on GTAForums, lead developer GooD-NTS stated the team can not continue developing the OpenIV software despite their attempts to play ball with the publisher at hand.

"Take-Two's actions were not specifically targeting single player mods". Despite that, the team received a cease-and-desist letter on June 5. The team have decided that continuing development and distribution of the mod wouldn't be worth the legal risks, and so are ceasing all development and taking the mod down.

Yes, we could. But we decided not to.

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'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, ' Good-NTS explained. "Spending the precious time to restore status quo is of no use and all the money in the world can't compensate the loss of time", said the group. According to Rockstar, the OpenIV mod enables recent malicious mods that allow harassment of players and interfere with the GTA Online experience.

We've contacted both GooD-NTS and Rockstar for further comment, and we'll update if we hear anything back. "Many programmers/game developers start off by modding games".

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