Since launching GTA Online, Rockstar has shut down a few fan-made mod projects and this week, it added another one to the list. Over the last few years, some modders have been working on recreating Red Dead Redemption in GTA V but the project came to an unceremonious end this week after the creators received a Cease and Desist letter from Rockstar’s lawyers.
Screenshots of the project were posted online last month, showing Red Dead Redemption’s world successfully ported over to the GTA V engine. Then, last Friday a full trailer for the upcoming mod was released. Unfortunately, this didn’t just turn the heads of fans, it also caught the attention of Rockstar’s lawyers.
In an update, this week, project leader ‘Mr Leisurewear’ confirmed that Rockstar had been in touch, while also shutting down the project for good: “I know this is hard pill to swallow, but as you may have noticed we did get contacted, and we sadly have to say we are stopping this project”.
This isn’t the first big fan project that Rockstar has shut down. Perhaps most notably, Rockstar shut down FiveM, which aimed to give fans the GTA V multiplayer many had hoped for, free of the limitations associated with GTA Online.
KitGuru Says: This isn’t too surprising given Rockstar’s track record with policing mods. It is unfortunate though, I would have been interested in giving this a go myself.