For the second time in less than a year, Take-Two, the parent company of Rockstar game, has targeted fan-made mod projects.
Publishers have sent DMCA takedown notices to several projects over the past week, including Town Overhaul, move the contents of the existing map into GTA DRAW.
Other mods affected by the takedown request include GTA: Underground, which combines several maps from the series and other games into one place. Take-Two also removed the PC ports of PSP titles Stories of the play city and Free city story tự. The full list of affected mods can be found here.
According to a post on GTA Forums, Take-Two Interactive has agreed to let players mod GTA games as long as they don’t transfer old content to new games or modify online content. The post details how Take-Two is said to have reverted to this deal, changing the rules around mods to not include new content.
Take-Two allegedly changed the agreement in 2019 without notifying the players. The new deal also restricts modders from creating new single-player content, including maps, vehicles, and quests.
It wasn’t enough to take down the re3 and GTA V map mods, now the map mods for **GTA San Andreas** are being taken down. How long before this slippery slope kills all the modding?
I think I’m almost done with the GTA mod now. In 2014, the work of modders will be promoted on Newswire… (1/5) pic.twitter.com/VFn9l6INlw
– Silence (@__silent_) July 17, 2021
It’s understandable that the community is frustrated as some creators have been working on projects for over 15 years. A popular modder has announced that he will no longer be creating content for the series.
Players and modders are questioning Take-Two’s motives behind the takedowns. Some believe that the developer may be preparing some remake of older games chơi or that the takedown requests could be linked to the rumored ongoing development of GTA 6.