The creators of Open IV, known as one of the most popular GTA V modding tools, announced that the tool would no longer be available for download. Open IV received a cease and desist from Take-Two Interactive, the publisher that owns Rockstar Games.
A post, that can be found on the official Open IV website, says that the cease and desist was received on June 5th. Open IV creators said the problem stemmed from the claims that the program allows third parties to violate the security features, modify the software and therefore work to Take-Two disadvantage.
Open IV creators added that they have carefully considered all options and settled around the decision that there was no point in trying to disapprove of Take-Two statement. Open IV representatives considered the option of taking legal actions against the above claims with the aim of proving that modding was fair use. However, they decided that going through the lengthy legal procedures was a waste of time.
The announcement caused anger and confusion among the GTA V community and PC players, in particular. Some of the GTA fans got so angry that they threatened to discontinue buying Take-Two games.
Open IV has been the favorite modding tool of thousands of GTA V players. Now, when they attempt to use Open IV, they stumble upon a message saying that the tool is not available and it will not receive future updates.
Open IV has been adding mods into GTA for more than 10 years. It was a multi-functional tool players used for making machinima videos, adding new vehicles or weapons. Over the years, it has become the favorite modding tool of thousands of GTA V players. That is the reason why Grand Auto Theft Online communities have firmly stated that they cannot remain indifferent to Take-Two Interactive claims.
The news about the Open IV tool come only two days after the release of the massive GTA Gunrunning update. It went live across all platforms on June 13th. Up to now, GTA V has reached 80 million copies sold since launch in 2013.