Rockstar Games found itself in hot water after parent company Take-Two Interactive shut down the main modding tool for Grand Theft Auto V. This was met with intense backlash from the modding community, and tens of thousands of people left “overwhelmingly negative” reviews on the game’s Steam page recently. Rockstar has now come out and given an update on the situation, stating that Take-Two will generally allow single-player, non-commercial mods on PC games.
“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,” said the company in a statement. However, there are caveats and restrictions to be considered.
“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.”
It’s good that Rockstar came out and clarified the situation after discussions with Take-Two, though it’s yet to be seen how this will affect OpenIV, the GTA modding tool, going forward