Over the last week or so Take Two Interactive has been bringing down the hammer in a big way on third parties that have made mods available for Grand Theft Auto V and GTA: Online. The first major shutdown was OpenIV, a tool that made available mods for the single player portion of the game, leading to a lot of outrage from the PC community which resulted in GTA V’s Steam reviews falling into overwhelmingly negative territory. After three other sites were shut down but these were breaking the balance of GTA: Online.
Now Rockstar has put out its own position on the matter through a support page that was created today.
Question: Are PC Single-Player Mods Allowed?
Answer: Rockstar Games believes in reasonable fan creativity, and, in particular, wants creators to showcase their passion for our games. After discussions with Take-Two, Take-Two has agreed that it generally will not take legal action against third-party projects involving Rockstar’s PC games that are single-player, non-commercial, and respect the intellectual property (IP) rights of third parties. This does not apply to (i) multiplayer or online services; (ii) tools, files, libraries, or functions that could be used to impact multiplayer or online services, or (iii) use or importation of other IP (including other Rockstar IP) in the project. This is not a license, and it does not constitute endorsement, approval, or authorization of any third-party project. Take-Two reserves the right to object to any third-party project, or to revise, revoke and/or withdraw this statement at any time in their own discretion. This statement does not constitute a waiver of any rights that Take-Two may have with respect to third-party projects.
Where this leaves OpenIV is unknown though one of the justifications Take Two used was that it could be used to affect the online play, something which OpenIV creator Yuriy “Good-NDS” Krivoruchko strongly denied. In discussions with Motherboard, Krivoruchko has since admitted that it is feasible that it could have enabled such practices, however Rockstar has said it’s in contact with Krivoruchko to try and find a solution that allows OpenIV abide by these rules.