Rockstar Supports Modding On GTA 5

Rockstar Games has finally made a public statement on the modding scene for GTA V. It’s been a long time in the making since the release of the game on PC and the whole debacle surrounding the encrypted files that has stumped modders from rolling out all the typical mods they’ve been waiting and wanting to do since the game released. According to Rockstar, they support the modding of GTA V.

Blues picked up the response from Rockstar that was made in their Q&A with the community over on their official website. According to Rockstar…

“We have always appreciated the creative efforts of the PC modding community and we still fondly remember the awesome zombie invasion mod and original GTA map mod for GTAIV PC among many other classics. To be clear, the modding policy in our license has not changed and is the same as for GTAIV. Recent updates to GTAV PC had an unintended effect of making unplayable certain single player modifications. This was not intentional, no one has been banned for using single player modifications, and you should not worry about being banned or being relegated to the cheater pool just for using single player PC mods. Our primary focus is on protecting GTA Online against modifications that could give players an unfair advantage, disrupt gameplay, or cause griefing. It also bears mentioning that because game mods are by definition unauthorized, they may be broken by technical updates, cause instability, or affect your game in other unforeseen ways.”

Ha, the zombie invasion mod for GTA IV was awesome. I’m glad they at least appreciate stuff like that. I would spend hours trying to rescue civilians from the zombie hordes, it was just insane.

However, the comments above seem to stand in contradiction with Rockstar’s actions. The heavily encrypted files, the quick bans for anyone who is file-checked and found to have the script hooks in their folder, and the inability to swap out cars, textures and models at the moment has stifled the progress in the modding scene.

Many people have brought out that it would make more sense if GTA V and GTA Online were separate entities. I agree. People who just want to mod and do what they do without worrying about the GTA Online component should be able to do so.

For now, some modders are already working on separate servers to play GTA Online with mods without worrying about getting banned. It’s in the early phases of development but shows a lot of promise.

However, to finally put the long-standing rumor to rest once and for all: if you don’t ever go online you won’t be banned for using mods in the single-player portion of GTA V.


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