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June 14th, 2017Take Two vs. Modding

We feared that this day would come… And now it’s here.
The day, when GTA modding was declared illegal.

GTA modding had long and glorious history.
Since GTA III, people have created lots of different mods: from simple texture replacements to impressive full conversions.

And the modding always was a “gray zone” — a battlefield between lawyers and PR…

For almost ten years of OpenIV development, we had tried to play as nice as possible and even more:

  • Strictly following of Civil Code of Russia (only reverse engineering for interoperability).
  • Only clean-room reverse engineering.
  • No distribution of original data and code.
  • And absolutely no messing with Online…

 

On June 5th, 2017, we had received an official Cease-and-Desist letter.
It clearly says, that with OpenIV we “allow third parties to defeat security features of its software and modify that software in violation Take-Two’s rights“.
Yes, this letter is illiterate both technically and grammatically (really, they don’t even bothered with proof-reading the text).
Yes, we can go to court and yet again prove that modding is fair use and our actions are legal.
Yes, we could. But we decided not to.

Going to court will take at least few months of our time and huge amount of efforts, and, at best, we’ll get absolutely nothing.
Spending time just to restore status quo is really unproductive, and all the money in the world can’t compensate the loss of time.

So, we decided to agree with their claims and we’re stopping distribution of OpenIV.

It was a hard decision, but when any modding activity has been declared illegal, we can’t see any possibilities to continue this process,
unless top management of Take-Two company makes an official statement about modding, which can be used in court.

Discuss on GTAForums

With many thanks for all modding community for all your fantastic creations,
OpenIV team.

So long, and thanks for all the fish.

January 2nd, 2016OpenIV Documentation Wiki

Today we glad to announce new OpenIV Documentation Wiki.

http://docs.openiv.com/

Currently this Wiki contain detailed description of OIV Packages, both version, 1.1 and 2.0. With time, we will add openFormats documentation in this wiki. In addition, we will add detailed description about how to translate OpenIV into your language.
Since this is a Wiki, you also can contribute and improve it content, and even if you want, you can make a translation into your own language.

http://docs.openiv.com/

We are working hard last months to bring new experience to OpenIV. Meet Continuous Navigation.


What does Continuous Navigation means? As you can see at video above now you can navigate through archives continuously just like regular folders. This new experience allows you to navigate faster through archives and inner archives which presented in large quantities in GTA V. New Continuous Navigation works for all games which currently supported in OpenIV.
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But this is not just about navigation, this is one of the biggest changes in OpenIV, we have redone all of our archive code, which mostly originally was written six years ago. Now we have new clean and modern code which allows us to introducing new features in OpenIV like as actually Continuous Navigation and editing possibility for GTA V archives, you even will be able to edit archives inside other archives. Also all work with archives will be more stable in all supported games.
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Currently we are work to integrate new archives code into all OpenIV tools and components; also we need to make many tests on new code. As soon as all it will be done we release OpenIV 2.1 with Continuous Navigation.

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