The Pinacle Of V is a graphical overhaul mod for Grand Theft Auto V that attracted a lot of attention. However, a lot of people criticized it as some of its assets were stolen from other mods. And today, Josh Romito – creator of this mod – decided to shut it down due to these claims.
As Josh claimed, some people that contributed to this project handed him various stuff that were stolen from other mods (without him known about such a thing).
“Over the past week or so, I have been informed that parts of this project have been directly stolen from other developers, and handed to me as additions to my work. I have been made a fool of due to the motions of my peers, and I am taking action to try and preserve any honesty and integrity with the community I can. I apologize to everyone who was stolen from, and I wish there was a way this could be reversed.”
Josh then explained why he decided to completely shut this project down.
“I have personally put hundreds of hours of my own time and hard, legitimate work into this project. I am truly hurt and disgusted to see the fraud that has come from others. I hope the community can see this situation for what it is, that I have been honest from the beginning, and am doing what I can to make amends of this wrong doing. I started this project as a learning experience, and it turned into fraud when others became involved. The internet is full of scammers and people who serve no purpose but to cause havoc. This was my first time getting involved in a “community” type project, and I was shocked to see some of the support I was receiving, and how generous people were. It turns out it was all lies and stolen content. I’m not sure how else to handle a situation like this, so I am simply shutting it down and releasing the honest truth.”
Josh concluded that he will release a new version of “The Pinacle of V” under a new title in a few months, and will be sure to share this mod once it’s available.