GTA 5 comments plummet as OpenIV petition reaches 75,000 signatures

Take-Two Interactive may not have been prepared to face such a massive public backlash when it decided to issue a cease and desist notice to OpenIV, the team behind OpenIV is the most fundamental model powering the community around GTA 5 single-player mods. One of the group tools. In the days since, the fan base has made their displeasure clear.

OpenIV has been the mainstay of the series since GTA IV, and is the mainstay of the new installment. Almost all single-player mods rely or rely on OpenIV’s framework. The lead developer of OpenIV made a statement on the official OpenIV website shortly after the Gunrunning update was released. Take-Two Interactive has sent a cease and desist letter to the OpenIV team, forcing them to close or take the issue to court, the statement said.

The outrage in the modding community was instantaneous, with some calling for a boycott of GTA 5 and other Take-Two properties.

Since then, the collective GTA community has made their voices heard. GTA 5’s Steam reviews page is starting to steadily show more negative reviews. The “Recent” label was quickly downgraded to “Mostly Negative,” and eventually, the overall rating was also downgraded to “Mixed.” Only 11% of reviews were positive in the past 30 days, compared to 64% of overall reviews. This is a marked drop from the overwhelmingly positive position in the past. In fact, the number of negative reviews recently crossed the 100,000 mark.

As news of OpenIV’s shutdown spread, a petition sprang up. It didn’t take long to accumulate tens of thousands of signatures, and it has now exceeded 75,000. While many scoff at the idea of ​​a petition claiming they never got any results, this has been proven wrong in the past – the Bikers DLC is the result of a similar popular petition.

The backlash from the GTA community has escalated further recently.

In a rather unreasonable move, many people flooded other Take-Two games with negative reviews, citing the closure of OpenIV. All other GTA games available on Steam have been hit. Borderlands, developed by Take-Two’s other subsidiary 2K, has also received some negative reviews as a result, as has Kerbal Space Program, a former indie game recently acquired by the company.

Immediately after OpenIV shut down, Take-Two began tracking down the actual hacking program. Take-Two’s legal team contacted Force Hax, Menyoo and Lexicon in succession, and they acquiesced almost immediately. Both Force Hax and Menyoo have issued statements announcing that they will cease distribution and that all proceeds will be donated to a charity designated by Take-Two, which may enforce the payment.

The turmoil surrounding the GTA 5 modding situation has dominated headlines for a week, and the community push has led some fans to hope that Take-Two might change their stance on OpenIV. It remains to be seen whether that hope becomes a reality—after all, 100,000 negative Steam reviews are mostly insignificant in the grand scheme of things. The game has sold over 80 million copies, and that number is growing.

There are still some twists and turns to this story. Whether Take-Two will respond to the flood of negative reviews, or whether it will agree to keep OpenIV running is still up in the air, but unlikely. We’ll see how things develop in the next few days.

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