Is Rockstar Games ruining own reputation ?
Co-founder Dan Houser had probably good reason why he leaved Rockstar Games.
For these who don’t know much about companies connections behind Grand Theft Auto game titles I’ll try to do short simple explanation first.
Rockstar Games that you all know as creator of Grand Theft Auto series is just a publishing label, but officially registered company that is owner of this game is Take-Two Interactive Software or in short just Take-Two. To make this easy to understand you can understand labels as multiple little companies under one big company, or multiple developer teams under one company, or multiple companies under one publisher or just as multiple projects of one company.
Now let’s go back to Rockstar Games and what’s going on last months. If you are playing any of GTA series you most likely know most of these incidents happening. Let’s go a bit more back when GTA Online started. Yes, we all know how R* is ‘milking’ GTA Online. Once they noticed this is the biggest money maker all their DLCs started to focus only on GTA online and single player of GTA 5 became irrelevant.
Great news was that it became almost fully modable and moders did great job for years to keep this game alive same way as they did in previous titles of GTA. Graphics improvements, new and better models of architecture, vehicles or even peds, 4K textures, better artificial intelligence and much more.
2 years after GTA online was released moders did step forward by doing online servers that allow you using mods online. This project is called FiveM. Take-Two was afraid of their money by people enjoying their game in own style, moded for everyone own taste but not buying their online extra advantages. For this reason Take-Two sued author of this project and was doing everything in their power to take this project down. You can read more details about this situation on internet, I’m not going into details, I’ll just say that FiveM is still alive and very popular.
After another 2 years Take-Two goes even more against the moders and they did try to shut down OpenIV, main program allowing moders to edit files and use mods. Again, I’m not going deep into this situation and I’ll just say OpenIV is still alive, but…