You like GTA-MP? The custom multiplayer mod for GTA V that allowed you to play via LAN, P2P and with custom mods? Well you may have liked it but the suits at Take-Two Interactive did not. According to a post on the official GTA-MP website, the parent company of Rockstar Games ordered the modders to cease and desist development of the custom multiplayer mod for GTA V.
Over on the official GTA-MP.net website [backup], the developers of the mod have a notice up letting everyone know that the mod is no longer in development and that they will not be releasing the source code to the public to avoid creating more chaos for Take-Two Interactive and Rockstar Games.
They state on the main page…
“Take2 Interactive Inc. have contacted us and they asked us to stop GTA:Multiplayer, because from Take2’s point of view GTA:MP is a rival of their business. Grand Theft Auto and all its content is produced by Rockstar Games Inc. and published and owned by Take2 Interactive Inc. We, as developers, respect other developer’s intellectual property and their legitimate interests. Rockstar’s developers have invested so much time to create this beautiful game. We have repeatedly stated our position: We are not going to cross this line, we won’t damage them.”
This is terribly unfortunate because the GTA-MP mod allowed gamers to play custom content online with others. It’s mods like this that allow for the LSPD type mods to be played online. In GTA IV Rockstar simply allowed players with custom or modded games to play together, while those with un-modded games could play together. In GTA V they don’t want anyone with modded content to play with anyone… not even with friends who also use modded content.
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According to a post on the FiveM sub-reddit for the GTA V FiveM multiplayer mod, the creator was also sent a cease and desist notice. Rockstar and Take-Two apparently want any custom mod servers wiped off the face of the planet, even though they’re specifically designed to accommodate gamers who have been desperately wanting to play scripted versions of GTA V online with their friends, much in the same way that many gamers goof off and play GTA: SA-MP online with friends.
The real takeaway from this is that back in May of this year Rockstar had announced on their website that single-player mods or mods that didn’t affect GTA Online were okay.
Rockstar specifically stated…
“Our primary focus is on protecting GTA Online against modifications that could give players an unfair advantage, disrupt gameplay, or cause griefing.”
Back in August of this year, GameZone reported on Rockstar Games banning players who used the GTA V FiveM multiplayer mod, stating that the multiplayer mod “facilitated piracy”, even though you needed a legitimate copy to actually use the mod.
GTA-MP and FiveM had nothing whatsoever to do with Rockstar’s official GTA Online servers. So why are they being targeted?
So far it looks like a corporation going out of their way to ensure that gamers and modders don’t have fun. So long as these custom servers are made for people who want to play with other people who mod the game, I have no idea why Rockstar and Take-Two would even bother to meddle in the private affairs of gamers?
Nevertheless, if you enjoyed playing custom games online in the privately ran servers for GTA V, it’s time to say goodbye… Sarah Brightman style.