'GTA 5' developer confirms return of OpenIV modding tool

"Grand Theft Auto 5" is played better with mods but Rockstar Games and Take-Two Interactive technically cut short the idea after initially banning the Open IV mod tool. The letter indicated that "OpenIV enables recent malicious mods that allow harassment of players and interferes with the GTA Online experience for everybody".

However, due to the negative reaction from the studio's playerbase and modding community, Rockstar Games released an official statement defending their games' modders and thanked players and modders for showcasing their passion towards the developer's titles through continuous mods and support.

The explanation clarifies further that this doesn't apply to anyone playing online with multiplayer modes, or "tools, files, libraries or functions that could be used to impact multiplayer or online services". Fan creativity is something we value at all times and third party projects can now be resumed without any legal issues. Take-Two still could revoke the rights of third-party projects as well. On Friday, the studio/publisher said it went to its corporate parent and secured an agreement that Take-Two wouldn't take legal action against Rockstar-made PC games, provided they follow certain rules. Now, Rockstar has sort of intervened, and Take-Two has agreed not to take action against single-player mods.

While supporting player mods can sometimes add longevity to a game, situations like this show that it's also important for a company to protect its intellectual property and, in the case of online games, its player-base. Clearly, there's a big difference in folk using illicit tools to try and cheat in GTA Online and people who just want to fly around Liberty City as Iron Man. This isn't the answer anyone frustrated by the decision to force OpenIV out of operation was looking for, but at least it's a comfort for anyone looking to play with single-player content mods.

Most see the move by Rockstar Games and Take-Two Interactive as a way to appease "Grand Theft Auto V" fans. Krivoruchko insisted that he was uninterested in GTA Online, but did admit that it was possible that some modders may have used OpenIV for some unscrupulous projects.

  • Arturo Norris