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Rockstar urges Take-Two to ease off on Grand Theft Auto modders

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A popular modding tool may come back from the brink

Grand Theft Auto 5 Travis aims down the sights of a sniper rifle
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Rockstar has issued a statement through its support knowledge base solidifying their support for user-created mods of its games.

“Rockstar Games believes in reasonable fan creativity, and, in particular, wants creators to showcase their passion for our games,” the post begins. “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 statement seems to be a response to the Grand Theft Auto 5 community’s intense negative reaction to publisher Take-Two Interactive’s cease-and-desist order against the creator of OpenIV, a long-standing modding tool for Grand Theft Auto 4, Grand Theft Auto 5 and Max Payne 3. Rockstar Games said that Take-Two’s decision was based on the fact that “OpenIV enables recent malicious mods that allow harassment of players and interfere with the GTA Online experience for everybody.”

In the wake of Take-Two’s order, Steam users hammered Grand Theft Auto 5’s store page with negative reviews, plummeting it to “Overwhelmingly Negative” status.

One caveat to this new agreement between Rockstar and Take-Two is that it does not apply to mods that affect online multiplayer, which was the reason given for the order against OpenIV. Another exception is made against the “use or importation of other IP (including other Rockstar IP),” which does not bode well for canceled fan-developed remakes like Red Dead Redemption V.

Rockstar has confirmed that it has reached out to OpenIV’s developer Yuriy "Good-NDS" Krivoruchko in an attempt to resolve this dispute.