A modder working on one of the only properly working versions of a nude mod for Rise of the Tomb Raider has been targeted by Square Enix. The modder, going by the handle of Vergil, had his YouTube video and Patreon account targeted recently after Square Enix caught wind of his advancements in making Lara Croft in Rise of the Tomb Raider a pantsless adventurer, and exposing her own cave for raiding.
Back in July of this year Vergil released his nude mod for the PC version of Rise of the Tomb Raider. It features Croft in her typical tank top and gear, along with her boots and leg straps… but she’s missing a very important piece of equipment: fabric around the crotch.
The cheeky mod allows gamers to run around and raid tombs as a bottomless Croft. The nude mod has picked up moderate steam in the community since its release because it’s one of the only few properly made nude mods for the game. Crystal Dynamics tried their hardest to ensure that the newer Tomb Raider games were locked up and encrypted real tight to prevent modding. Nevertheless, where there’s a will there’s a way; and apparently the swelling traction of the nude mod managed to get the attention of Square Enix.
The YouTube video Vergil put together to demonstrate the mod has been taken down.
According to Vergil, Square had the video and Patreon page taken down, mentioning in a comment…
“Since Square Enix deleted my Tomb Raider nudemod on YouTube and my Patreon page, I’ve just uploaded it somewhere else […]
You now have to download the nude mod for Rise of the Tomb Raider from over on the Undertow.Club download page.
An alternate video of the mod in action was uploaded to the YouTube channel Nude Patches, so Square either haven’t been informed about the channel or just didn’t think it was big enough to bother with. The video is obviously NSFW.
A Russian modding site also linked to Vergil’s nude mod but the links are now outdated, pointing to the now defunct Patreon link.
So basically now if you want to get the nude mod it’s best to hurry and grab it from over on the forum page before Square attempts to go after that as well. This isn’t the first time that a publisher stepped in to shut down a mod, Capcom also DMCA’d some paid Street Fighter V mods based on Nintendo properties.