Rockstar certainly seems to match their namesake right now. The developer issued a new statement on their website about GTA V single player modding last week. It states that “Rockstar Games believes in reasonable fan creativity, and, in particular, wants creators to showcase their passion for our games.”.
As a result, Rockstar has spoken with their publisher about the issue. Take-Two Interactive agrees that it “generally will not take legal action against third-party projects”. While this looks very good it’s important to note the “generally” part of the statement. While Take-Two will allow some modding projects, they may still take legal action against other projects.
The above statement does not apply to the following however as they’re still banned:
- Anything that could impact multiplayer or online services
- The use of or importation of another IP into the game (including other Rockstar IP)
The attitude towards multiplayer games was certainly expected but some players will be sad about the approach to other IPs. For the time being this does mean then that PC players can at least lower their torches and pitchforks on the game. Grand Theft Auto V is currently on sale at 50% off in the Steam Sale so anyone looking to grab the game can do so at a decent price.
There’s more good news. OpenIV, the software at the center of the issue, is back in action. It’s been confirmed that it received an update on the same day that Rockstar updated their webpage. This is very good news as it means that Rockstar and the OpenIV developers have been communicating with each other. It’s a very promising start but these talks will most likely continue for quite some time.
Despite this, the boycott for GTAV should be lifting soon and PC gamers will once again be free to grab the game in the Steam Summer Sale.