Grand Theft Auto V modding tool Open IV has stopped operating after its developer was issued a cease and desist order from Take Two Interactive. According to reports, this is because the mod could potentially be used to alter gameplay for Grand Theft Auto Online.
Open IV developer GooD-NTS claims to have always played it safe when it comes to dealing with Take Two. Particularly by ensuring that his mod cannot be used to modify the software in a way that could facilitate cheating in GTA Online. In fact, the modder has already updated the mod asking everyone to uninstall it to avoid getting in trouble with Take Two.
The sudden interest in shutting down a GTA V mod has been curious. Take Two and Rockstar have both been relatively supportive of the modding community, and have tacitly allowed the activities to continue. Rockstar even came out to say that mods would be fine as long as they don’t interfere with the online mode.
Take Two has been a little more strict on enforcing its modding requirements. The game distributor send an official statement to PC Gamer: “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.”
To be fair, Take Two has only gone after one other modder since GTA V was launched in 2015. And that involved an unauthorised multiplayer mod; which conflicted with what the developers intended for mods. For now, it looks like other mods will remain untouched.