Almost two weeks ago, Take-Two served the developers of OpenIV a cease and desist letter, declaring that mods in Rockstar games like GTA IV, GTA V, and Max Payne 3 are illegal.
Since then, they’ve decided to rescind their decision to take action after fans reacted fiercely by negatively rating the game on the Steam store. Currently GTA V has an Overwhelmingly Negative rating, with only 14% (of 55k+ people) rating it positively in the last 30 days.
There was also a petition which garnered close to 72,000 signatures in less than two weeks.
Rockstar Games has also added another Q&A to its knowledge base, saying that mods are legal under certain circumstances.
Rockstar Games believes in reasonable fan creativity, and, in particular, wants creators to showcase their passion for our games. 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 does not apply to (i) multiplayer or online services; (ii) tools, files, libraries, or functions that could be used to impact multiplayer or online services, or (iii) use or importation of other IP (including other Rockstar IP) in the project. This is not a license, and it does not constitute endorsement, approval, or authorization of any third-party project. Take-Two reserves the right to object to any third-party project, or to revise, revoke and/or withdraw this statement at any time in their own discretion. This statement does not constitute a waiver of any rights that Take-Two may have with respect to third-party projects.
The developers of OpenIV have not explicitly come out saying that things are OK, but those using the mod may have noticed a new update (2.9.0 Build 907) being released on June 23rd, which signals that they seem to be in the clear…for now.
It’s unclear as to what Take-Two plans to do about third party mods, but we suspect this may not be the end just yet. However it’s good to see that the company listened to its fans, understanding that they should not bite the hands that feed them.