The creators behind the modding tool have been contemplating taking legal action, but have decided against it as it would probably turn into a protracted legal battle.
Both the Forcehax and Menyoo websites are now closed, only displaying nearly identical messages.
Heading to the Force Hax website now brings up a message from the developers that states: “After discussions with Take-Two Interactive, effective immediately we are ceasing all maintenance, development and distribution of the Force Hax cheat menu services. We apologize for any and all problems Menyoo has caused to the Grand Theft Auto Online community”.
Grand Theft Auto has always been a series that allowed users to express their creativity in the form of mods for the series’s single-player mode.
Just recently Rockstar Games’ parent company Take-Two Interactive sent a cease and desist order to OpenIV group, known for the famous OpenIV GTA Mod Tool, and the group has discontinued the GTA mod tool. Similarly, the overall all-time rating for the extremely popular game has become “Mixed” due to Take-Two’s controversial move as well. We will be donating our proceeds to a charity designated by Take-Two. In response to the modding purge, fans of OpenIV have taken to Steam, Google, and Change.org to voice their frustration.
It should be clear that though the modders who make use of OpenIV may not be using the tool to impact the experience for other players online, the shutdown of modding tools by Take-Two Interactive does not distinguish between the tools that affect the multiplayer experience and those that do not. At the time of writing over 39,000 reviews have been submitted recently, with majority being classed as “Overwhelmingly Negative”. A petition campaigning to save Open IV is now approaching 50,000 signatures.