Tuesday, January 25

GTA modders refuse to back down after Take-Two lawsuit is filed

Two takedowns later, the group refuses to back down and will go to the court with Take-Two.

Grand Theft Auto has been in the headlines for the past seven days after the release of the remastered Rockstar trilogy. The Definitive Edition, as Rockstar calls it, has fixed GTA 3, Vice City, and San Andreas for a 2021 audience. The thing is, most of those who have played the collection aren’t that impressed. The PC version of the game was unplayable for the first few days, and modders are already working hard to fix its many issues.

Modders will need to be wary of Rockstar’s parent company Take-Two Interactive. The studio has been airing DMCA Takedowns from left to right this year ahead of The Trilogy’s arrival. One of the biggest stories to come out of the Take-Two takedowns is a project that has reverse-engineered the source code for GTA 3 and Vice City. The project improved and added various elements of the game, allowing users to create fortresses for the Nintendo Switch, Wii U, and PS Vita.

The group was hit with a takedown and then a lawsuit after it returned and its creators claimed they had done nothing wrong. VGC now reports that the group responsible for the projects, which are called re3 and reVC, still refuses to give up. Its creators are fighting the Take-Two filing, which means the case will now go to court unless something changes in the future.

“The Defendants respectfully request that the Court enter a judgment in their favor and against the Plaintiff, denying the Plaintiff all relief requested in this document,” reads a statement in response to Take-Two’s lawsuit. The modders also deny that Take-Two has suffered and continues to suffer due to the distribution of their work. Although the source code for the original games has been reverse engineered, it does not contain any Rockstar-created assets. That means anyone who owns it still needs a copy of GTA 3 or Vice City if they want to use it.

Taking on a company as large as Take-Two because you think you are right is a bold move and will likely be very costly. Take-Two likely relied on modders to back down when threatened with a lawsuit due to the cost of fighting a battle in court. However, the group of 14 modders is standing firm and as it stands this issue will be resolved in court.


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