Modding has been a huge part of the Grand Theft Auto games on PC ever since Grand Theft Auto III. One of the most popular editing suites used in GTA V was a program called OpenIV, which supported database manipulation and could be used to create a vast range of gameplay changes, effects, and Vehicle texture changes.
OpenIV has been indispensable to the larger modding community, which why Take-Two’s recent cease-and-desist order against the mod has sent players into revolt. The makers of OpenIV announced earlier this week that they had received an order from Take-Two’s lawyers telling them to cease and desist from distributing their work.
Rockstar Games Statement On OpenIV Ban
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.
20,000 sign OpenIV petition as GTA 5 is flooded with negative Steam reviews
Steam reviews aren’t the only way GTA mod fans are attempting to make their voices heard. There’s also a petition up at Change.org, planned to be delivered to both Rockstar Games and Take-Two Interactive, that currently boasts over 20,000 + signatures.
The petition, titled Save OpenIV, states “The closing of OpenIV leaves 10,000s of people without access to be able to mod their games, and leaves 10,000s of people without the ability to continue their hobbies.”
The petition, created by ‘t0y is cool’, concludes: “Myself, and other members of the LSPDFR and GTA modding community ask that OpenIV be allowed to continue distributing and running as a modding software, and that the modding of the Grand Theft Auto series, including SA, IV, and V be deemed legal again as Rockstar Games has said in the past.”
Mods like LSPDFR, which transform GTA V into a law enforcement simulator, required OpenIV. The software still works if you already downloaded it, but can’t be downloaded anymore.