UPDATE: Take-Two brings back Mods for GTA V: http://realgamernewz.com/52278/modding-returns-to-grand-theft-auto-v
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Take-Two Interactive recently made waves in the video games industry by creating a cease-and-desist order which resulted in the removal and banning of OpenIV, a tool used for years by video game modders who sought to improve the experience of GTA IV and GTA V on the PC Gaming platform through after-market special graphics textures and effects, new game modes, extra characters, missions, and beyond.
Rockstar Games was quick to note that Take-Two Interactive acted without their instruction in issuing the cease-and-desist. Mods have been crafted over long periods of time through a snowball effort combined by community members of the years of both games – allowing a huge library of GTA mods to accumulate. The removal of OpenIV from the internet essentially shuts down this community, ends this progress, and detains all GTA mods to the doghouse of being taboo underground collector’s files that most gamers won’t get to experience other than vicariously through YouTube videos.
Suddenly, years later after being hush – now there’s a problem? Why now? After so much time has passed, the PC edition of the GTA V has been out for years and the development of modding tools and content for GTA IV has even led to even greater success in modding GTA V. Many of the mods released for the game simply enhance the look of it to a level of god-like graphical fidelity dubbed “Reality” or “Real Life” mods because they look so good at this point. The preliminary reasons given are that OpenIV allowed multiplayer mods to interfere with GTA Online – something we always knew would become a problem since this time around Rockstar Games charges money in-game in their online gameplay.
However, many of us gamers and journalists have perhaps failed to see what was right before our eyes. I went back and forth for hours with anonymous sources speaking off-record to RealGamerNewZ about the announcement for what is basically being seen as “the end to GTA mods” currently on the internet. Instead, this action has seemingly been in timing with a certain other industry event we’ve all taken notice of. While unable to confirm or deny the realization they’d guided us to, our source all but revealed that Rockstar Games could soon have a way to work hand-in-hand with mod content developers and get them paid for their hard work.
Exactly what this would look like remains to be seen, as well as whether or not plans for such a community-driven yet developer-monitored content development pipeline had already existed before this knee-jerk reaction to Bethesda’s “Creation Club” service. The industry could be seeing GTA V receive a very similar treatment in an experimental, but influential time during gaming.
Further explanation of this new trend for paid mods continued: “-with high approval rating among devs eager to help with the certification or even development of mods; as mods becoming more polished like DLC and guided content with compensation for mod developers.”
“We also know that there won’t be a ‘GTA VI’ or ‘Fallout 5’ for a long time. These developers are busy making New IPs, new installments to other franchises, and need time to make sure those new games are as huge as they possibly should be and could be. Content Creators being given safe, profitable, official ways to promote existing games into a higher quality, more fun product gives games more of a chance at a long life span hopefully filling that need until the next product is ready.”
At the time of this post RealGamerNewZ has reached out to Take-Two Interactive and Rockstar Games to attempt to verify the likelihood of these claims. Additional information which was not approved for release by our sources is also being vetted and further investigated and we will update this story as it progresses.
Currently there are large growing petitions online for Take-Two Interactive to let OpenIV bring itself back online, but at least if this Rumor pans out we can have some closure and sense of how to move forward for a large community of fans who love PC Gaming and love Grand Theft Auto.