Rockstar looking to take fan versions of GTA 3 and GTA Vice City offline
Rockstar Games has filed for fan versions of GTA 3 and GTA Vice City to be taken offline, the developer has announced. The projects are reverse engineered versions of the original games, with modders learning the code and then adding various improvements like bug fixes, support for modern controllers and improved HUD menu.
The source code for the GTA 3 and GTA Vice City fan projects have recently appeared for free on the platform Github. This means other modders can work on it, who could even be making versions of the games for platforms like the Nintendo Switch, for instance. This of course doesn’t sit well with Rockstar Games and their publisher Take-Two Interactive, wanting to take the projects offline based on copyright infringement.
Project manager of the fan versions, known by the handle ‘aap’, was already concerned about possible actions from Take-Two. He did emphasize though that the fan projects can only work with an official copy of the game, but this doesn’t seem to make any difference to the owners of the GTA franchise. It is unclear whether the project will actually be taken off the air, but it seems likely that actions will follow soon.