GTA 5 OpenIV Available Again Following Rockstar Modding Statement
GTA 5 OpenIV Restored
(Last Updated On: June 24, 2017)

Yuriy “Good-NDS” Krivoruchko appears to be back in action. Rockstar recently updated their website to say that Take-Two Interactive won’t be taking legal action against modders. It was mentioned in a post over on their support forums.

The statement reads…

“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.”

Shortly thereafter, Good-NDS released the latest update for OpenIV, inviting gamers back into the fold. The website still hasn’t been updated yet, but modders are already re-downloading OpenIV and even noticed that the about section has been updated with a special thanks to Rockstar, as pointed out by users on the GTA Forums.

Good-NDS unleashed a quick update yesterday on June 23rd, and there was no takedown notice, or men in black suits from Take-Two coming to kick down the door.

This update follows on the heels of a tumultuous week where Rockstar’s parent company Take-Two Interactive went after the single-player modding community, sending cease and desist letters to the creator of OpenIV on the grounds that he was enabling people to “harass” the GTA Online community.

Fans revolted, with tens of thousands of people giving Rockstar’s games negative reviews on Steam, and thousands more signing a petition to have Take-Two leave the modding community alone.

It appears Take-Two have reneged from their efforts to kill off single-player modding in the GTA V arena, but there’s really no telling how long this truce will last.

Keep an eye on the Script Hook V website for an update as well, so you can continue to use script mods in GTA V. The creator, Alexander Blade, had originally delayed a release of the tool until Take-Two and OpenIV resolved their situation.

(Main image courtesy of alex189)

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  • Disqusted

    So, basically, “idiots finally realize extremely obvious shit staring them in the faces for the past 20 years”. Until they forget again in a few more years and try to sue us again.

  • MosesZD

    They didn’t try to kill off single player mods. They were going after the multiplayer problem.

    Conveniently left out of all these discussions is that OpenIV was also used to make multiplayer hacks. In short, they weren’t little innocents. They’re **** heads who enabled cheating.

    And they were wrecking it for all the rest of us.

    • Are you stupid or are you trolling?

      OpenIV is an extraction tool. It can’t be used to make hacks. Only DLL and script injectors can be used to “hack” GTA Online, and you can’t use OpenIV for that. In addition to this, OpenIV disabled the use of GTA Online, so you could only use it for single-player.

      The nonsense you spewed in your comment wasn’t included in the article because like CNN, Fox News and the rest of mainstream news media, it’s FAKE NEWS.

      • ParasiteX

        I’m seeing a bunch of these morons on the Steam forum who cant seem to understand that banning OpenIV did jack shit to stop the cheating..
        And i don’t think they are trolling…

        • Disqusted

          That’s why I personally think free speech shouldn’t extend to people who have absolutely no idea what they’re talking about. All they do is make up bullshit, cause nonsensical conflict, and waste everyone’s time.

          Of course, it wouldn’t need to be a free speech issue if idiots had the basic human decency to keep their ignorant bullshit to themselves.

          The real problem is almost everyone in the West nowadays seems to think they are an OMNIPOTENT MASTER GOD TEACHER SAGE on every topic in the universe that they’ve never heard of.

          Nobody wants to admit they don’t know something, or don’t really have an opinion. It’s such bullshit. I’ve even had people get upset at me for not passing judgment because I didn’t feel I was informed enough to have a valid opinion. Everyone needs to grow the f**k up.

        • durka durka

          These are the normies who think that by reading 2-3 shit articles about things they dont have any idea about, somehow gives them the ability to lecture other people on what is going on when themselves are freaking clueless on the subject.

          The media will tell you what to think.

    • Disqusted

      Please don’t talk about shit you don’t know anything about. Thanks.

    • Absolutely clueless.

    • ThyPancakeConsumed

      Hi Strauss.

  • m0r1arty

    I want to see blood. Whoever came up with the idea deserves to be fired.

    20 years of trust flushed down the pan, let’s stop Tom’s nephew ever getting into that position again – my Steam review won’t be reverted until this little Aswad turns around..

    • d0x360

      My post above is a pretty good explanation of the entire situation. More info is available on the KotakuinAction subreddit

  • ThyPancakeConsumed

    Good, very good. Lets hope it stays this way.

  • Kyle Haddad

    this kinda confirms my suspicions. MP mods and gamemodes were making a huge splash the past couple of weeks and cutting into T2’s profits. Hence the C&D. I think that’s kinda dumb, but it makes me wonder if R* and T2 were willing to consider the alternative of having highly customizable and moddable game mode for MP and do what EA does and rent out their servers. That way People can still Do, say an RP server, and still see some kickback from the money they would’ve other wise lost.

    • d0x360

      I doubt it hurt profits it’s more likely a recent story on some news channel that reported you can rape other players and there is nothing they can do about it aside from quit and reload.

      The “rape” animation was just a person bent forward fully clothed with the player using a mod and doing some stupid animation like 2feet away from the other players.

      It was essentially another hit piece on gaming and YouTube like the one on PewDiePie & JonTron. All this nonsense was started by Anita Sarkeesian the world’s best scam artist.

      I don’t know if you watched e3 this year but if you did you may have noticed every company said the word diversity about 1000 times per press conference. You may have also noticed way more female presenters than ever before as well. The whole thing felt very uncomfortable because it seemed forced and unnatural…which is because gaming and gamers have been drug through the mud by Sarkeesian and her kin for the last 3 years. She’s made a mountain of cash from consulting with companies as well.

      You can thank her for the awfulness that is Mass Effect Andromeda.

      Take 2 is a public Company that doesn’t want its name associated with virtual rape (a ridiculously stupid concept) so they shut it all down so they could say hey look we took action and made the world of GTA online safe from virtual…crime.

      • Kyle Haddad

        Here’s the thing. I disagree. First the virtual rape thing happened in 2014 before the game was even on PC.

        Second, I saw E3, And yes the big conferences Did have a focus on Diversity and what not, but T2 didn’t even make an appearance and would’ve been left out of any potshots taken at the event at gamers through sheer dint of being a no-show.

        Third, It no secret that T2 is easily The most hateful towards mods. I can tell you right now this at least stems back to 2004 and the whole hot coffee controversy when GTA:SA go reclassified as AO by the ESRB for something that was normally inaccessible made to be accessible through a third party mod. A ruling which may I remind you was utterly invalidated 3 years later in 2007 with manhunt two when a mod came out for the PS2 and PSP version that removed the filter effects on the executions with the ESRB saying that T2 couldn’t be held accountable for third party actions.

        Finally. I’m not sure T2 would be in the high ground using that they wouldn’t want to be connected to rape as a moralization considering that A. They’ve released games regarding snuff films, drugs, and other dark materials, and B, they were completely fine in releasing the game in question with a Torture scene, But I guess it’s okay ‘cuz “Torture is for the torturers gaiz, it;s not good”. Never mind the the whole fact that Trevor is not only a willing participant in said mission, but enjoys it thoroughly up until you get the whole moralizing car ride at the end of the mission.

        Mind you Neither you or I can truly tell what was going on in good ole’ strauss’ head. But I don’t think a controversy that had it’s flash point almost a full year before the PC release of GTA 5 would’ve caused it.

        I think it’s important to remember that the shark cards are a huge money maker for R* and take two and the wording only reinforces it as they are supposedly fine with SP mods. The MP game modes the the immensely popular Five RP mod, where Shark Cards have no use and cannot be bought when running said mod, Could’ve been causing issues with The Income from Shark Cards.

  • Grey

    Alternate headline:
    “Beaten furiously about the face and neck with reviews, a weeping Rock Star curls into a ball and begs fans to forgiven following their surly and uncultured insult to the honor and intelligence of their fan base.”

    • Mohak Bhatt

      That’s not true at all. Think about it, Rockstar wouldn’t be impacted as heavily as you’re leading on. The game was released, what, half a decade ago? And was the biggest or fastest sell of the time I forget which. Rockstar has MORE than made up the difference and then some in the years since and that’s not even factoring whatever shark card sales have been. Take into store the console community was untouched by all this and would continue to buy shark cards, and the fact Rockstar owns other IPs (coughRedDead) and I dont think Rockstar would be as heavily hurt as you want to let on. In fact, I’d say it wouldve been a safer bet for them to make their bed with take two rather than going against them as they did here.

      • In fact, I’d say it wouldve been a safer bet for them to make their bed with take two rather than going against them as they did here.

        That’s an incredibly shortsighted view of the situation. Long term mind-share is what’s at stake here, not short-term market value.

        A lot of people look at market valuation and say “Hey, they’ve made billions, they’re doing okay! No worries here!!!”

        Remember what happened when Sony took that view with them into the launch of the PS3 at a sky-high price? Or what happened when Microsoft decided to ignore the community outcries about DRM and focus the Xbox One around DRM? Sure, it may have seemed like a vocal minority was up in arms about DRM, but the mind-share quickly spread that the Xbox One was anti-gamer and that the PS4 was pro-gamer. In turn, that mind-share affected Microsoft’s market-share and they ended up losing huge to Sony during the fall launch in 2013.

        It may only seem like several hundred thousand gamers or so would be angry about modding GTA, and it would seem like they’re just a drop in the bucket compared to the tens of millions of people who bought the game, but a lot of sales are dependent on word of mouth and impressionable saturation.

        If big YouTubers are taking a dump on Rockstar, if core gamers are taking a dump on Rockstar, if streamers are taking a dump on Rockstar, do you really think that level of negative mind-share wouldn’t eventually work against Rockstar? They might have strong initial sales, but just like with Mass Effect: Andromeda, word spreads quickly and then the sales dry up when you have negative mind-share working against you.

        • Version_8

          Also Microsoft disregarded the outcries about the Kinect 2 nonsense being forced on the Xbox fanbase. That hit them pretty hard as well. Remember “Project Milo”? Neither do I. 😉