GTA V's Steam reviews nosedive to 'Overwhelmingly Negative' following OpenIV closure

Geronimo Vena
Giugno 20, 2017

Grand Theft Auto 5 publisher Take-Two Interactive has found itself in the crossfire after sending a cease and desist letter to the lead developer of popular modding software OpenIV.

"We will be donating our proceeds to charity and we apologise for any and all problems Force Hax services have caused to the Grand Theft Auto Online community". In this case, however, the mod is perhaps a little more deserving.

Lexicon and Menyoo display similar messages, but mention that the charity is to be designated by Take Two. In slow-motion, and set to Adagio in G minor, the agents gun down Mario and the Hulk in the street, two characters who have been brought into GTA 5 thanks to mods created using OpenIV. Rockstar's parent company recently made a decision to ban the GTA 5 OpenIV mod and the community is now putting up a united front in its demand for the mod to be brought back. Nearly immediately, players began complaining that the game's online infrastructure, which uses a simple P2P mesh rather than centralized servers, makes it very hard to cut off hacking tools on a technical level. Unfortunately, the creators behind OpenIV have said they just can't afford the time to try and fight back against the cease and desist order. Many games support modding, while others have had to go to lengths to make it work. For GTA V and GTA Online though, that's not happening anymore.

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Enraged gamers have taken to the GTA V store listing on Steam to voice their anger in a unified manner.

While Take Two's response to the move has been to state how it's all about stopping cheaters from dominating online play, it's a surprising move because games like GTA benefit hugely from their enormous modding communities.

On top of avenues such as Google, and various social media sites, fans have also started writing negative reviews of the game on Steam. Also, a petition on change.org to retrieve the tool has already gathered more than 45,000 signatures.

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