Take-Two has issued a DMCA takedown notice for the VR mods that were available for Red Dead Redemption 2, Grand Theft Auto 5 and the Mafia games. Created by Luke Ross, these mods allowed you to play Rockstar’s games in VR. And, similarly to some other “enhancing” mods, Take-Two attempts to take them down.
As Luke Ross stated, none of his modifications are built using software belonging to Take-Two. Moreover, these VR modifications are not intended to replace Take-Two’s games, nor are they a means of exploiting Take-Two’s proprietary IP or assets. And lastly, as with all mods, these VR mods require that users buy and own the games before they can add them.
A sad day for the Flat2VR modding community. @Take2Interactiv has submitted a quite anti-consumer DMCA request to remove ALL VR Mods for their games (GTA V, RDR2, Mafia, etc.)@LukeRoss_00 Has always been extremely careful not to use any IP in his mods. pic.twitter.com/GH6OX1eZIy
— Flat2VR (@Flat2VR) July 6, 2022
Take-Two has been known for taking down multiple mods in the past. Not only that, but the company had also filed a lawsuit against the team that reverse-engineered GTA3 & GTA Vice City. For what it’s worth, Take-Two lost that last battle. However, it can give you an idea of the company’s practices.
Recently, Eurogamer featured an article dedicated to Luke Ross. Perhaps that’s what prompted Take-Two to issue this DMCA takedown? After all, these VR mods have been available for a while.
Anyway, we currently don’t know whether these VR mods will re-surface or not. And lets at least hope that other companies won’t be as hostile to modders as Take-Two is.
John is the founder and Editor in Chief at DSOGaming. He is a PC gaming fan and highly supports the modding and indie communities. Before creating DSOGaming, John worked on numerous gaming websites. While he is a die-hard PC gamer, his gaming roots can be found on consoles. John loved – and still does – the 16-bit consoles, and considers SNES to be one of the best consoles. Still, the PC platform won him over consoles. That was mainly due to 3DFX and its iconic dedicated 3D accelerator graphics card, Voodoo 2. John has also written a higher degree thesis on the “The Evolution of PC graphics cards.”