Ozark, a popular mod menu for Grand Theft Auto Online and Red Dead Online that allows users to make modifications to both single-player and multiplayer modes, is finally being shut down by Take-Two.
The mode, which costs $25 on various mod reselling sites, lets players manipulate the game in many ways. This includes spawning in money, allowing players to teleport, and more. The mod’s creator, D3skstool, got a legal notice from Take-Two, causing them immideatily shut down the mod, causing Twitch streamer NorthernLaw to take notice (via Eurogamer)
“Despite some of the things written in the letter I received, Ozark was a great community, and I thank you all for being a part of it,” D3skstool writes.
As of this writing, the mod can still be purchased on various mod reselling sites, but has been removed from others. The mod’s creator asked users to “not take this out on any reseller” they purchased the mod from. Hacks and mods are out of control in the PC version of GTA Online, and it seems Take-Two is looking to take action.
It’s not the first time mods have been targeted by the company. Though few players would complain about the company taking aim at mods for multiplayer of GTA Online and Red Dead Online, Take-Two is also looking to take down single-player mods.
Recently, a group of creators who had been working on a 14-year-old GTA United mod ceased development and took other mods offline out of fear of legal action from Take-Two. In recent months the company has been dishing out a number of DMCA-takedown notices to other GTA-related mod projects like GTA: Underground and HD texture packs for GTA: Vice City.
The takedowns of single-player mods for decade-old games has left some speculating if an official remaster of older games like Vice City and San Andreas may actually be in the works. However, no remasters have been confirmed by Take-Two or developer Rockstar Games.