A group of fan modders recently took the opportunity to try and reverse engineer the code for Grand Theft Auto 3 and Grand Theft Auto Vice City. Whilst technically legal, Take-Two is now suing the group of modders for “irreparable harm” to the publisher and are now seeking damages.
The modders claim that Take-Two has no ground, since the reverse-engineered code is not technically property of Take-Two. Additionally, in order to play these versions you must also own a copy of the original game for many of the assets. So the modders aren’t actually releasing any of Take-Two’s property for free, unlike Take-Two is claiming.
The main problem, it seems, is that the reverse-engineered games allow for porting to consoles the games were never originally released on, like Nintendo Switch, PS Vita, or even the Wii U. Some have even speculated this lines up with previous rumors of a Grand Theft Auto Remake Trilogy, which would include GTA 3, GTA Vice City, as well as GTA San Andreas.
Take-Two has been recently going on a rampage by taking down mods for some of their old games, most notably the GTA series. Again, whilst it is just speculation, it certainly explains why they’ve been doing it when you consider they might be working on some classic GTA remakes at the moment.
What do you think? Does it sound like Take-Two has some ground here? Do you think it reinforces the rumor they are developing some GTA remakes? Let us know your thoughts!