Yesterday we reported that the lead developer of OpenIV, a modding tool that has allowed the GTA games to be modded for nearly a decade, had decided to shut down their mod after receiving a cease and desist from Take-Two Interactive, publisher of the Grand Theft auto series.
While we have not received a comment from Take-Two, Rockstar just sent PC Gamer its statement on the matter. Here it is in full:
“Take-Two’s actions were not specifically targeting single player mods. Unfortunately OpenIV enables recent malicious mods that allow harassment of players and interfere with the GTA Online experience for everybody. We are working to figure out how we can continue to support the creative community without negatively impacting our players.”
We are following up with further questions for Rockstar to try to clarify its position and what may come next for OpenIV and GTA modding.
Currently, OpenIV still works if you have already downloaded it. It no longer appears to be downloadable from its official site, however, as the download link directs you to OpenIV’s lead developer’s statement on the closure.