Fans Protest Against OpenIV Modding Tool Shutdown

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The publisher has now turned its attention to other modding tools, though in these cases their shuttering is unlikely to generate similar outrage.

Both the Forcehax and Menyoo websites are now closed, only displaying nearly identical messages.

Grand Theft Auto has always been a series that allowed users to express their creativity in the form of mods for the series's single-player mode. The creators of other modding tools, such as "Menyoo" and "Force Hax, " have received similar letters, however these modding tools were being used specifically to influence Grand Theft Auto V's multiplayer mode. The fans anger has even started to affect the game's ranking on Steam with negative reviews flooding the Grand Theft Auto V's Steam page. This happened after they suggested they might make the cheats subscription-based and then donate the proceeds for charity. Dubbed OpenIV and in use for nearly ten years, its creators say they received a cease and desist order from Take-Two earlier this month, and the tool has now been taken offline. The message can not be more clear to Take Two Interactive as it states that thousands have lost their ability to mod the game, or pursue their passion for modding.

Take-Two isn't slowing down in its quest to shut down the modders. A petition was launched at the end of last week on Change.Org calling for the OpenIV mod to be reinstated. In fact, over the course of the past 30 days, the reviews on Steam for GTA V has been "overwhelmingly negative". Unfortunately OpenIV enables recent malicious mods that allow harassment of players and interfere with the GTA Online experience for everybody. A petition campaigning to save Open IV is now approaching 50,000 signatures. We are working to figure out how we can continue to support the creative community without negatively impacting our players.

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