The team behind an ambitious Grand Theft Auto 4 mod has received a DMCA takedown notice. While the Grand Theft Auto franchise contains some beloved titles for many gamers, a lot of players are looking to spruce up the visuals and gameplay of the franchise by modding it, considering the most recent game in the series is nearly ten years old. With Grand Theft Auto 4turning fourteen this year, one mod sought to revamp the experience of the game entirely, combining a collection of mods and fan-made patches into a complete overhaul.
Grand Theft Auto 4:Definitive Edition sought to vastly improve how the game looked and played. Similarly to other ambitious Grand Theft Auto mods, a team of people was required in order to get the Grand Theft Auto 4: Definitive Edition up and running. Formed in 2016, The Definitive Edition Project has done more than just work on Grand Theft Auto 4, as the goal of the project is to improve upon old PC ports of Rockstar games.
While The Definitive Edition Project has restored other titles like Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, GTA: San Andreas, and some perhaps lesser-known Rockstar games like Bully, the Grand Theft Auto 4: Definitive Edition mod is the one being targeted by a recent takedown notice sent to The Definitive Edition Project. On the modding group's Twitter page, the team posted is a notification it had received for all content related to Grand Theft Auto 4 to be removed from the project's website.
The Definitive Edition Project assumes that this notice comes from Rockstar and is currently working to get the Grand Theft Auto 4 mod removed from its page. While there hasn't yet been a notice for the group to take down their Grand Theft Auto: Victy City mods and other works, they have informed their fans they should enjoy the other projects while they still can. This isn't the first time Rockstar and Take-Two have issued DMCA takedowns for Grand Theft Auto mods. Plenty of other mods for Grand Theft Auto 5 and other entries in the franchise have been removed, with Take-Two often citing copyright infringement as the reasoning behind the takedowns.
Still, this hasn't stopped modders from working on Grand Theft Auto games. With Grand Theft Auto 6 on the horizon as well, it is likely that game will have mods too, even if they do face takedowns. However, even before release, Rockstar is facing problems with Grand Theft Auto 6 after over 90 clips of gameplay footage were leaked from the upcoming title, showing it far before the developers were ready to unveil it to the world.
Grand Theft Auto 4 is available for PC, PS3, and Xbox 360.