Rockstar’s parent company, Take-Two Interactive, has sent a DMCA removal to Grand Theft Auto 5, Red Dead Redemption 2, and the modder responsible for making the complete mafia trilogy playable in VR.
As modder Luke Ross explained Patreon (Opens in a new tab)“They require that all copyrighted work be removed from my Patreon page.” As he says, “All my changes are Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. Not built using software belonging to, changes are not intended to replace the game, nor are they a means of exploiting Take-. Two Interactive Software, Inc’s own IP or property. “
Now you can download REAL VR mod for GTA 5 on Github (Opens in a new tab)Although Luke’s mods for the Mafia Trilogy and Red Dead Redemption 2 are still under development and are only available by subscribing to him. Patreon (Opens in a new tab)..Luke said recently The Verge (Opens in a new tab) He earns over $ 20,000 a month from Patreon backers who have access to rock star games as well as prototype builds of VR mods from Horizon Zero Dawn, Dark Souls: Remastered, Cyberpunk 2077, and Elden Ring. I’m out.
The DMCA notice doesn’t seem to have anything to do with whether Luke will benefit from the mod, but it just requires that the copyrighted work be removed rather than monetized. As Luke says, “This was submitted as a copyright issue, not a licensing issue, so the motivation for the request doesn’t seem to be related to the fact that money is involved.”
In an update to the original post, Luke explained that he was trying to talk directly with Take-Two, “Patreon suggested establishing a direct channel. Thank you for that and hope the effort will be successful. And it leads to a positive solution, because we are confident that what we are doing will never hurt Take-Two’s bottom line. “
Of course, this isn’t the first time Take-Two has taken GTAmod offline using DMCA notifications. And, as previous takedowns fueled rumors of GTA Trilogy remastering, this could suggest that Rockstar is working on their own VR re-release of these games. People seem to be enjoying LANoire: VR Case Files, and a VR version of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas was announced at MetaQuest 2 in 2021, but I haven’t heard about it ever since.
By the way, Luke’s No One Lives Forever 2 VR mod (Opens in a new tab) You can download it without registering with Patreon.