Take-Two Interactive Is Trying To Put an End to the GTA Remasters With a Lawsuit

Published 09/03/2021, 2:18 PM EDT


After the second wave of Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) strikes against mods last month, Take-Two has filed a lawsuit against re3 programmers. The company is responsible for releasing reverse-engineered source codes of Take-Two’s games, making them available on different platforms.

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Re3 is a community-driven project that started in 2018. The 14 people behind the project are facing legal action for releasing Grant Theft Auto: Vice City and Grand Theft Auto III available on Nintendo Switch, Playstation Vita, and Nintendo Wii U.

Take-Two: What does the lawsuit mean?

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The DMCA strikes saw the modification being taken down. As a result, players can no longer access or download them in-game. The publishers looked to target mods that convert the engines, changing how the game was played.

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This time around either, Take-Two did not plan on holding back. The publishers, along with their lawyers from Manhattan-based law firm, Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp, filed a suit for copyright and infringement. The company also claims that the recreational game and its free access “has caused, and is continuing to cause, irreparable harm to Take-Two,” as reported by GamesIndustry. Additionally, the serving party insists on the project being removed from GitHub while the parties wait for a jury trial.

About the up-and-coming Remasters of GTA

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Although the re3 project does not use any copyright assets owned by Grand Theft Auto or its publisher; it looks like it will be taken down soon. The revamped versions of the childhood favorites of fans: GTA III and GTA Vice City offer new features in the game, a new camera, wide-screen support, and bug fixes that the developers always seemed too busy to take care of.

On one hand, where they look to ban all the mods and reworked games. On the other, the devs themselves are working on a remake of the famous trilogy. The reworks will be available on their original platforms and will also make their debut on Nintendo’s Switch. But legally this time. GTA III, GTA Vice City, and GTA San Andreas are the three being developed using Unreal Engine.

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Take-Two and Rockstar Games are all for remastered versions of their best games, but only by authorized parties. Let’s hope the fans keep it that way.

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