We can all be a little less critical at Rockstar today as they have come out to say that they are not against single-player PC mods, and recent game updates that broke mods did so “unintentionally,” according to a post on developer Rockstar Games’ official site.
Rockstar says it has “always appreciated the creative efforts of the PC modding community” and continues to do so, despite some unintended consequences.
“To be clear, the modding policy in our license has not changed and is the same as for GTAIV,” the post reads. “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.”
But this does not mean that Rockstar are not keeping an eye on modifications. It does. Just not for philosophical reasons.
“Our primary focus is on protecting GTA Online against modifications that could give players an unfair advantage, disrupt gameplay, or cause griefing,” the post continues. “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.”
The developer is also cracking down on multiplayer mods and cheats with a different approach. Rockstar also updated its policy for posting copyrighted material on sites like YouTube to prevent players from teaching about cheating. Now, “anyone who posts videos that encourage and promote ways to cheat your way towards gaining illegitimate RP or counterfeit in-game money or duplicating in-game items without having earned them may have their videos flagged for takedown with YouTube.”
The Windows PC version of Grand Theft Auto 5 launched April 14, and several mods have been released since. One lets players explore a hidden ghost town, while another recreates the game’s smartphone in real life.
Grand Theft Auto 5 is also available on PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. The PC version shipped with the Rockstar Editor, which lets players make movies, and Rockstar said that it’s bringing a version of that to the PS4 and Xbox One versions of the game “sometime this summer, or as soon as it is ready.” Who thinks maybe next year after the Hiest fiasco?