Take-Two Interactive has started running a little roughshod over the Grand Theft Auto modding community this week, sending cease and desist letters to the creators of both GTA V’s Liberty City total conversion mod and GTA IV’s Open IV mod. The latter has been in development for a decade, but as of now, all work on the project has been terminated. 

The origins of this story began with OpenIV, one of the most popular modding tools still used with Grand Theft Auto IV. The cease and desist letter arrived from Take-Two, asking that development is halted and download links are removed.  Take-Two alleged that OpenIV allowed “third parties to defeat security features of its software and modify that software in violation Take-Two’s rights.” 

Having considered taking Take-Two to court, the OpenIV mod team eventually decided this wouldn’t be a wise move. “Going to court will take at least few months of our time and huge amount of efforts, and, at best, we’ll get absolutely nothing. Spending time just to restore status quo is really unproductive, and all the money in the world can’t compensate the loss of time.”

This move was then followed by a shutdown of Grand Theft Auto V’s Liberty City total conversion mod, which imports GTA IV’s city into GTA 5.

Grand Theft Auto developer Rockstar has since responded to the actions taken by its publisher, issuing the following statement:

"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."

The move has riled the PC version of GTA V’s fanbase, who began flooding the game’s Steam page with negative reviews. While the net score is still ‘Mostly Positive’, recent reviews are tagged as ‘Mostly Negative’, with almost 21,000 flooding in during the last two days.

What do you think then, is this an unnecessary assault on the modding community? Is this necessary for Take-Two to protect its assets? Does it perhaps even suggest Liberty City may be coming to GTA V in an official capacity? Let us know your thoughts!