The GTAV community that uses mods on the PC seems to think their pastime is officially dead.
Arguably the most popular set of modding tools for Grand Theft Auto V is Open IV. The creator of Open IV received a cease and desist notice from Take-Two, the publisher of GTAV.
That means the creator, GooD-NTS, has elected to completely shut their service down and stop distribution. They note that they understand Take-Two’s legal stance, and that they can’t afford the time, effort or money required to actually win a court battle. On the site, they offer that “It was a hard decision, but when any modding activity has been declared illegal, we can’t see any possibilities to continue this process unless top management of Take-Two company makes an official statement about modding that can be used in court.”
As for the community? Users are extremely upset as Take-Two and Rockstar push them away from modding their experience and over to the not too well-received GTA Online side of the equation. Take-Two makes money from microtransactions there, these frustrated fans note, so they obviously want players online instead of off. OfficialNerdCubed went after Take-Two and this effort on YouTube. His explaination and emotion is clear, so have a watch.
Is this the end of modding for Grand Theft Auto V?