Rockstar parent company Take-Two Interactive is still on the warpath against GTA mods with the latest victim being a GTA 4 remaster mod.
The Definitive Edition Project recently confirmed that its internet host had been handed a DMCA takedown notice, presumably from Rockstar or its parent company Take-Two Interactive. The notice required the removal of the group's GTA 4 – Definitive Edition project, a collection of mods and fan-made patches that would have vastly improved the look and feel of the 14-year-old game on PC.
"I knew this day was coming," remarked The Definitive Edition Project on Twitter. "Here we are with a DMCA by Rockstar (I assume) on our GTAIV DE patch. Well, I suppose we need to remove all GTAIV related stuff from the website."
In a follow-up tweet, The Definitive Edition Project noted that so far only GTA 4 had been targeted in the takedown. The site's original trilogy mods are still safe for now, but the Project didn't sound too confident in those mods remaining available for long. "Just enjoy it when you still can," wrote the site's Twitter handle.
According to the group's website, "The Definitive Edition is an ambitious project that aims to fix and improve the old and buggy PC ports of Rockstar's titles. The project was started in 2016 and consisted of a mod pack for Grand Theft Auto: Vice City called Reborn." It has since grown to include mods for GTA 3, San Andreas, Chinatown Wars, and other Rockstar games like Bully and The Warriors.
It's notable that Take-Two only targeted GTA 4 in its takedown request. Take-Two made similar moves prior to announcing its own Definitive Edition of the original GTA trilogy, which somehow still managed to be a profitable venture despite its disastrous release. This could be our first hint that a GTA 4 remaster is in the works.
If it is, it’s unlikely to be headed by Rockstar, which is hard at work on GTA 6. There’s no release date set for GTA 6, but fans got an early first look after a pre-alpha build was leaked online. Fans were critical of the obviously unfinished game, leading other developers to share their own unfinished projects in solidarity.
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