Take-Two Shuts Down GTA 5 Modding Tool OpenIV With Cease And Desist
(Last Updated On: June 16, 2017)

Take-Two Interactive has sent out a cease and desist letter to the Russian programmers who designed OpenIV. The Delphi programmers used their spare time to create OpenIV to mod GTA IV and GTA V. Now that the cease and desist letter has been issued to the OpenIV team, they’ve had to take the tools offline, which means no more modding of Rockstar Games using the OpenIV tools. Effectively, the entire GTA V modding scene will die.

The news went live over on the OpenIV website, where the developers explained…

“On June 5th, 2017, we had received an official Cease-and-Desist letter. It clearly says, that with OpenIV we “allow third parties to defeat security features of its software and modify that software in violation Take-Two’s rights“. Yes, this letter is illiterate both technically and grammatically (really, they don’t even bothered with proof-reading the text). Yes, we can go to court and yet again prove that modding is fair use and our actions are legal. Yes, we could. But we decided not to.


“[…] So, we decided to agree with their claims and we’re stopping distribution of OpenIV.


“It was a hard decision, but when any modding activity has been declared illegal, we can’t see any possibilities to continue this process, unless top management of Take-Two company makes an official statement about modding, which can be used in court.”

It’s completely possible that others might design their own alternative version of OpenIV, but it would take quite some time. The team had to crack Rockstar’s encryption and it took several months before proper mods could made for PC.

OpenIV was used for both GTA IV and GTA V. It was absolutely necessary for GTA V given that no other tool could break through the encryption process that they used to ban the use of mods.

Rockstar had stated at one point that offline single-player mods were okay to use, and cosmetic mods wouldn’t get you banned from GTA V. A lot of people claimed that they were still getting banned, and Rockstar made a statement a few days later stating that they supported modding in GTA V.

Apparently Rockstar may support modding but Take-Two doesn’t.

And before pro-corporatist leap in to defend Take-Two’s decision, OpenIV was specifically used for offline, single-player mods. Unfortunately this was not enough for the Take-Two lawyers, and they decided that they could force PC players to spend more money on new items by prohibiting the use of mods.

Eventually, as Rockstar updates the game and makes older versions of OpenIV obsolete, so too will your mods become obsolete, and then after you’ll be stuck with the vanilla version of the game.

Some modders are now stepping up to take the place of OpenIV, and as usual, there’s also a petition on Change.org attempting to gather people’s attention in order to save OpenIV. Surprisingly they haven’t suggested using a GoFundMe to pay for the OpenIV team’s legal costs, but maybe they’re testing the waters first with the petition?

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  • Delphinou

    damn…last thing needed.

  • ScarredBushido

    im curious…does this game still have the money glitch where you use the paint shop?

    • It keeps getting patched out after they find new ways to glitch money from the custom car/paint shop/garage exploits.

      Take-Two began shutting down YouTube channels by copyright striking them anytime they would show the new ways to glitch the game, so some of the bigger YouTubers stopped after a guy with more than half a million subscribers had his account nuked by Take-Two.

      • ScarredBushido

        wow…reason i asked is because i stopped playing and was wondering if they are still having that issue lol

        • Yep. Still having the issue but you’re not allowed to show it on YouTube. It helped curbed the spread of the general public being able to use the exploits.

      • ScarredBushido

        wow…reason i asked is because i stopped playing and was wondering if they are still having that issue lol

      • ScarredBushido

        wow…reason i asked is because i stopped playing and was wondering if they are still having that issue lol

  • is my waifu

    I’m seriously regretting buying GTAV. The base game is incredibly bland and the only reason I keep playing it are mods. If Take two wants to ban mods they should at least make sure the game is good.

  • Padpaw22 .

    Step 1: punish the people that buy your products as a “warning” to any would be pirates

    Step 2: wonder where all your customers went.

    Step 3: never take personal responsability for your actions and instead blame your former customers for obviously pirating your games. Because there can be no other reason why people would stop giving you money other than they are stealing from you instead.

  • Bendegúz Meiszterics

    Talks about Cease and Desist letter not being proofread – proceeds to not proofread the article.

  • giygas

    I’ve had enough of this shit. Take Two can get fucked. I’m not buying GTA or any other game associated with them anymore.

    • Kyle Haddad

      #freeDukeNukem. Seriously Buy the Both the IP rights and pub rights from both gearbox and take two. You know he ain’t gonna get love from either of em.

  • ThyPancakeConsumed

    Symptoms of corporate fragility: cease and desists letters against modders, private investigators sent after people trying to add better network or dedicated servers, bans for mods/custom content.

    GTA V is terrible, especially when you compare it with IV or San Andreas. Shark cards, ridicilously overpriced in game items, rampant hackers with no actions taken against them and crusades against people making modding tools and stuff makes it even worse. But seeing how they only care about console players cash and pc is always left behind as it comes to Take Two published games, this isn’t really surprising.

    • Disqusted

      “Take Two” should rename themselves to “Take Everything”.

  • Lol I find it hilarious that they are doing this now, TWO years after GTA V released on PC, and FOUR since the game first released on last gen consoles. I really really hope this is some sort of BS that didn’t come from Take Two.

    This decision is a pretty bad idea, look how long modding kept GTA IV going, people like me buying multiple copies just for the ability to mod it on PC. And they have a new game coming out soon, RDR2? They think it’s a good idea to piss off almost their entire fan base like this? I can only hope people remember this when RDR2 launches. I would love to see it not make a Billion dollars in the first week just to scare them. I’ll wait a while to buy it just to prove a point.

    They think they have some sort of right to tell us what we can do with their game after we purchase it. BS. And Rockstar used to be all-for modding. Seems like now days all they want to do is sell Shark Cards and god forbid they help give players the tools to ban cheaters, let’s just ban modding of single player campaign, right? So angry right now and I don’t even play GTA V anymore, it’s the entire concept, it just gives me a migraine.

    • Padpaw22 .

      I wish we could lynch whoever came up with the idea that customers are only renting access to the products, not buying them.

  • Disqusted

    What the hell. F**k off, Take Two. I was kinda still waiting for GTAV PC price to drop further, but if there are no mods then there’s no point purchasing it at all.

    Clearly, Take Two are absolute scum. I can’t recall ever hearing them doing anything good, only constantly screwing people over.

    • Kyle Haddad

      Take two has been expressly anti modding for a long time. IIRC firaxis had to fight to get modding and workshop capabilities for Civ 5 back in the day.