Grand Theft Auto 4 Definitive Edition Project Handed Takedown Request From Rockstar
Rockstar parent company Take-Two Interactive is still fighting GTA mods, and the latest victim is a GTA 4 remake.
The Definitive Edition Project recently confirmed that its internet host has received a DMCA takedown notice, likely from Rockstar or its parent company Take-Two Interactive. The notice calls for the removal of the organization’s GTA 4 – Definitive Edition project, a set of mods and fan-made patches that will dramatically improve the look and feel of the 14-year-old PC game.
“I knew this day was coming,” commented The Definitive Edition Project Twitter. “We used Rockstar’s DMCA on the GTAIV DE patch (I think). Well, I think we need to remove all GTAIV related content from the site.”
in a follow up tweets, The Definitive Edition Project notes that so far, only GTA 4 has been targeted for removal. The site’s original trilogy mods are still safe for now, but the project doesn’t sound too confident about those mods that will be available for a long time. “Enjoy as long as you can,” the site’s Twitter handle reads.
According to the group website“The Definitive Edition is an ambitious project to fix and improve the old and buggy PC ports of Rockstar games. The project was launched in 2016 and includes a project called Grand Theft Auto: Vice City A mod pack, called Reborn.” It has since grown to include mods for GTA 3, San Andreas, Chinatown Wars, and other Rockstar games like Bully and The Warriors.
It’s worth noting that Take-Two only targeted GTA 4 in its removal request. Take-Two made a similar move ahead of announcing the final version of its own original GTA trilogy, which, despite its disastrous release, was somehow still a lucrative venture. This could be the first time we’ve hinted that a GTA 4 remake is in the works.
If so, it’s unlikely to be led by Rockstar, who worked so hard on GTA 6. No release date has been set for GTA 6, but fans got an early look after the pre-alpha version leaked online. Fans were critical of the apparently unfinished game, leading other developers to band together to share their own unfinished projects.
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