When OpenIV, a popular modding tool for Grand Theft Auto V, was issued with a cease-and-desist order from Take-Two, fans reacted swiftly and GTA V was bombarded with negative reviews. Approximately 77,000 people also appended their signatures to an online petition calling for the restoration of the modding tool. Take-Two seems to have heard the cries of the gamers as the modding tool has been made available once again and its creators are once again able to update and distribute it.

Though it has been the policy of Take-Two the publisher to go after tools that are used to cheat in GTA online, Rockstar the developer had for long refused to go after players of Grand Theft Auto V who used single-player mods. It thus came as a surprise when a legal threat was suddenly issued against OpenIV which is focused on single players earlier in the month.

Malicious mods

Rockstar had explained that the reason for the move was because OpenIV was enabling recent malicious mods which make player harassment possible and which also interfere with player experiences for GTA online. Yuriy Krivoruchko, the creator of OpenIV, had admitted in an interview with a technology publication that OpenIV was being used by some modders who wanted to cheat on the online version and portion of GTA V. This was a use case which Krivoruchko was not interested in enabling.

According to sources Rockstar got in touch with Krivoruchko with a view to coordinating an update which prevented OpenIV from being used in Grand Theft Auto online. Take-Two and Rockstar have also disclosed that they were committed to letting the use of single-player mods in Grand Theft Auto.

“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,” read the statement.

Respect of intellectual property

Though third-party projects are not protected entirely, projects that will be done via OpenIV will be able to operate within reason. This includes Liberty City which is included in Grand Theft Auto V project. Players are thus required to respects intellectual property and not to be involved in the interference of online modes. They are also not supposed to use these tools for commercial purposes. Take-Two however still retains the right of pursuing and shuttering third party projects.