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Rockstar Is Officially OK With GTA5 Mods

There are plenty of mods out for GTA 5 already, but we haven’t really been reporting on them here at AYBOnline. The reason, is simple. We didn’t want to promote the idea of mods, if the potential of getting banned for using them existed.

You may recall that last week there was an update released to GTA 5 that broke mods that had already been released. At around the same time, reports of people getting banned for playing with modded versions of the game started to surface. These reports, as with many things, have been blown out of proportion.

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Rockstar decided that the issue should be addressed, and yesterday they made a post on their official blog addressing these and other questions about the game, and it’s future. The company has officially announced that they do support mods for GTA 5, however only on single player. Playing a modded copy of the game online will potentially lead to a ban from Rockstar, to protect the community from cheaters.

@ClarkMatthew63 asks,

I’m having soo much fun with GTAV on the PC but I just have one question about it, how come you are not allowing mods for it?”

and @Mattophobia adds

“Will I get banned from GTA Online for using a FoV Mod or Oculus Rift mod?”

Here’s what Rockstar had to say in response:

We have always appreciated the creative efforts of the PC modding community and we still fondly remember the awesome zombie invasion mod and original GTA map mod for GTAIV PC among many other classics. To be clear, the modding policy in our license has not changed and is the same as for GTAIV.  Recent updates to GTAV PC had an unintended effect of making unplayable certain single player modifications. This was not intentional, no one has been banned for using single player modifications, and you should not worry about being banned or being relegated to the cheater pool just for using single player PC mods. Our primary focus is on protecting GTA Online against modifications that could give players an unfair advantage, disrupt gameplay, or cause griefing. It also bears mentioning that because game mods are by definition unauthorized, they may be broken by technical updates, cause instability, or affect your game in other unforeseen ways.”

So, thankfully, Rockstar hasn’t closed off the modding community completely, despite not making it easy for mods to be made. I would caution that if you’re going to dabble with mods, do it on a different computer than the one you play online with your friends with.

Source: Rockstar Blog

Kevin Carbotte is a Content Editor for AYBonline. He knows a little about a lot, and a lot about a little. The opinions in his columns are his and his alone, but you are free to have them.

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