[UPDATE June 5 2017]: The developers behind the OpenIV mod have issued a statement on the future of the mod's development, now that it is no longer banned by Take Two. The team writes: "The development of OpenIV will be continued as before. OpenIV never supported GTA Online modding and will not support it in the future. Our work will be continued within the Rockstar modding policy."
One of the centerpiece OpenIV mod aspects was an attempt to import GTA IV's Liberty City into GTA V - and unfortunately, this will no longer continue development. "Liberty City mod is a big loss for us, since it was a huge part of our motivation to push OpenIV functionality," the team writes, citing Rockstar's modding policy that prevents "use or importation of other IP (including other Rockstar IP) in the project".
The original article continues below.
Just under two weeks ago, Take Two, parent company of Grand Theft Auto developer Rockstar Games, issued a cease and desist notification to Grand Theft Auto V mod, OpenIV. Over the weekend, Rockstar has issued a new statement which essentially reverses that decision, allowing OpenIV to continue development.
Rockstar's statement has been posted in the Rockstar Support forum, and clarified that the developer does allow single-player mods. The statement follows in full:
"Rockstar Games believes in reasonable fan creativity, and, in particular, wants creators to showcase their passion for our games. After discussions with Take-Two, Take-Two has agreed that it generally will not take legal action against third-party projects involving Rockstar’s PC games that are single-player, non-commercial, and respect the intellectual property (IP) rights of third parties. This does not apply to (i) multiplayer or online services; (ii) tools, files, libraries, or functions that could be used to impact multiplayer or online services, or (iii) use or importation of other IP (including other Rockstar IP) in the project. This is not a license, and it does not constitute endorsement, approval, or authorization of any third-party project. Take-Two reserves the right to object to any third-party project, or to revise, revoke and/or withdraw this statement at any time in their own discretion. This statement does not constitute a waiver of any rights that Take-Two may have with respect to third-party projects."
After discussions with Take-Two, Take-Two has agreed that it generally will not take legal action against third-party projects involving Rockstar’s PC games that are single-player, non-commercial, and respect the intellectual property (IP) rights of third parties.
It's possible to interpret from this statement, and from the fact that Rockstar - not Take Two - released a statement after the initial cease and desist was issued, that Rockstar was not fully in agreement with its parent company's actions in banning OpenIV. Alternatively, Rockstar was not aware of the cease and desist before it was actually issued, and would not have issued it themselves. Hopefully Take Two will be less trigger-happy when it comes to taking legal action against mods.
Since the reversal, a new update for OpenIV has been released. Lead developer GooD-NTS has yet to make a statement on the mod's return, however, so it's unclear in what capacity development will continue. We'll update this story when we hear more.