According to Eurogamer, OpenIV, a popular GTA mod project, has been forced to shut down its Liberty City in GTA 5 mod. In a statement on GTAForums, the OpenIV team said, “Unfortunately, our highly anticipated mod Liberty City in GTA5 will not be released because it clearly contradicts with Rockstar modding policy. Liberty City mod is a big loss for us, since it was a huge part of our motivation to push OpenIV functionality.
“If you are wondering what is next, well, we are currently revising our plans for the future.”
The Liberty City in GTA5 project was supposed to put Rockstar’s fictional recreation of New York, featured in GTA3 and 4, into GTA5 allowing players to fly between the Los Santos map and GTA4’s Liberty City map.
In other related news, Open IV are now able to continue with their project within Rockstar’s modding policy after Take-Two issued a cease and desist last month. According to Rockstar’s post about PC Single Player Mods on 23 June 2017, the following was revealed:
“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.”
The Liberty City mod project fell outside of the “use or importation of other IP (including other Rockstar IP) in the project” policy.