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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.

March 25th, 2017OpenIV 2.9

OpenIV 2.9

We are happy to announce the release of OpenIV 2.9! This release includes new tools, map editing features for Grand Theft Auto V and numerous improvements and bug fixes in the different areas of OpenIV.

Important note

It was almost a year since last major OpenIV release, because of that, we decided to delay some features, move them into future versions and make release with current state. This is means our original schedule for the first half of 2017 will be slightly changed. Instead of one OpenIV 2.9.1 release, we are going to have several 2.9.X versions before OpenIV 3.0. Unfortunately, this also means our Liberty City in GTA V modification also behind the schedule, but we still hope to release first beta around late spring. We hope you can understand our decision.

Text Editor

OpenIV now have brand new inbuilt Text Editor, which allows you to edit XML, META and other text files directly in OpenIV without exporting them from archives. New Text Editor has have many useful features like syntax highlighting, customizable search, code folding and more. We will continue to our work on text editor improvements and new features, please report any issues or suggestions you have.

Grand Theft Auto V

For Grand Theft Auto V we have long awaited editing capabilities for map files, such as .ymap, .ytyp and _manifest.ymt. Now you are able to export those files into META/XML format or edit them directly in new OpenIV Text Editor. We also provided support for carcols.ymt and levels.ymt, you will be able to edit those files as well. We will continue our work to support more .ymt/.ymf files in the future releases.

openFormats for Grand Theft Auto V

We also have made numerous changes and improvements to both models (YDR/ODR) and collisions (YBN/OBN) openFormats for Grand Theft Auto V. With those changes you will have more features in models and collision editing.

The “mods” folder support

The “mods” folder became important addition to Grand Theft Auto V modding and we continue to improve your experience with it. We added new options, which gives you more control of editing game files.

Tools improvements

Besides new Text Editor we made some changes in other OpenIV tools. For example, in the Search tool you now will be able to select area where you want to make search. It can be game or mods folder only or both of them.

Other important changes

We also made many other changes and tried to fix some annoying bugs. As always, you can find full change log here.

UI Localization

Finally we have written an instruction how to translate OpenIV into your own language and we are calling for you to do so. You can find the localization guide here on GitHub. As for existing localizations you can find list of differences between 2.8 and 2.9 here.

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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/

OpenIV 2.7

Exactly 7 years ago, Dec/28/2008, we released the first public beta version of OpenIV. Since then, we have been constantly working on it. Today, we are proud to announce a new version – OpenIV 2.7.

In the three months, since the last release, we have added many improvements and enhancements.
All new features can be divided into the three major groups:

openFormats development

openFormats support in Grand Ttheft Auto V was significantly extended. We have added support for editing .gxt2 with openFormats for all moddable platforms: PC, Xbox 360 and PS3.
Editing textures (.ydt) and collision models (.ybn and .ybd) is now supported for the PC version.
Last, but not least, openFormats now has new improvements for editing .awc files both for Max Payne 3 and GTA V.

Brand new Package Installer

We are glad to introduce a new version of Package Installer, which supports Grand Theft Auto V.
With a new version of OIV-packages, you can change appearance of Package Installer and display additional information about the author of the mod.
Complete documentation for the OIV formats will be published in the next few days.

Improved support for “mods” folder in Grand Theft Auto V

We have added new notifications and functions, which make using “mods” more convenient. Now, when you install the OpenIV.asi plugin, you will be prompted to create “mods” folder.
If you have both OpenIV.asi plugin and “mods” folder, you can see new options: “Copy to mods folder” and “Show in mods folder”.

Bug fixes and minor improvements

In this release, we have also fixed a large amount of bugs and added some minor improvements.
As always, you can find full change log here.

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Happy New Year!

March 29th, 2015OpenIV 2.3.5

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Today we are proud to release OpenIV 2.3.5, first version with import support for openFormats models in Max Payne 3. Using openFormats, you will be able to edit ped and map object models. Unfortunately, not all features are available now, for example, it is not possible to use cloth, but we will continue to work along with formats from PC version of GTA V. Besides openFormats import ability we also fix some issues and add new features. Full list of changes is available here.

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Greetings to all! Today we are proud to release OpenIV 2.3. In last few months we have developed a new system that allows us to work with RAGE Resources in more easy and elegant way. It also helps to describe and research resources faster, so we will be able to bring support for new resources earlier. This is means new features will come quickly, and I personally hope, it will increase OpenIV stability in general.

For start, we using a new system for Max Payne 3 and Grand Theft Auto V resources, in next few releases we will bring it to Grand Theft Auto IV as well. Unfortunately, you probably will not notice any changes in OpenIV functionality, so we have one noticeable feature to release today.

Let me introduce – openFormats for Max Payne 3 Drawable models.

Yeah, finally, we made openFormats for Max Payne 3 models, but, unfortunately, currently it is export only version. Therefore, you will not be able to import your models into Max Payne 3 yet, sorry for that. However, we will work hard to bring import as soon as possible. Another good thing is the current version of openFormats for Max Payne 3 is very similar to our future formats for Grand Theft Auto V.

In addition, we currently working on documentation for openFormats for Max Payne 3, so, you will have all information you need for editing formats or even create your own tools and scripts for it.

As always, the full change log is available here.

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