Originally released in 2013 on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, before hitting PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in 2014 and PC in 2015, Grand Theft Auto V has sold by the bucketloads.
On PC, its sales have been buoyed most recently by the work of the modding community, with mods like FiveRP making the game particularly popular on Twitch. That’s all set to end, however, as Take-Two, the publisher of GTA V, has finally declared mods for the game illegal.
The developers of OpenIV, the only GTA V modding tool available, received a cease and desist letter on 5th June explaining Take-Two’s stance. They’ve decided not to challenge it. “Going to court will take at least [a] 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.” I can’t say I blame them.
It’s a strange move by Take-Two considering that Rockstar Games, the developer of the GTA V, has previously mentioned how much it appreciates the modding community. “We have always appreciated the creative efforts of the PC modding community and we still fondly remember the awesome zombie invasion mod and original GTA map mod for GTAIV PC among many other classics.”, they stated in a 2015 Q&A. Still, it’s not all that surprising given the game’s online components and abundance of microtransactions.
So, PC gamers, enjoy your GTA V mods while you still can. They probably won’t be around for much longer unless a miracle happens.
Update 20th June:
Rockstar Games reached out to us with an official statement regarding the blocking of mods which you can read below:
“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. We are working to figure out how we can continue to support the creative community without negatively impacting our players.”