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GTA 5 publisher shuts down popular fan-made modding tool

19 June 2017, 05:21 | Jodi Jackson

Open IV's Russian developers received a cease and desist letter earlier this month, and have made a decision to comply and take down the official download source for the popular toolkit. As a result, Take-Two Interactive's move has received a lot of backlash from gamers all over the world, as it essentially goes against the spirit of modding.

Grand Theft Auto V is the latest in a long line of titles that have allowed their users to be creative with a variety of mods in the single-player mode.

"After discussions with Take-Two Interactive, effective immediately we are ceasing all maintenance, development and distribution of the Menyoo cheat menu services. We apologize for any and all problems Menyoo has caused to the Grand Theft Auto Online community". Two more mod menus - Lexicon and Menyoo - are now displaying similar messages about closing and donating their earning to charity. Users could generate endless amounts of cash, steal money from others, insta-kill players remotely, and much more. A petition was launched at the end of last week on Change.Org calling for the OpenIV mod to be reinstated. At the time of writing over 39,000 reviews have been submitted recently, with majority being classed as "Overwhelmingly Negative". And for quite some time both Rockstar and Take-Two the game's publisher excepted and embraced this. "GTA V" has been receiving overwhelmingly negative reviews as thousands of players are unable to enjoy the game because they are unable to access the mods necessary for the experience. The petition says, "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".

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