The modding community may be wringing its hands with excitement at the prospect of diving into the technical innards of Grand Theft Auto to adjust and mould the sequel’s code as they see fit, but Rockstar has issued a warning to those looking to bend the rules, as the studio will nix any modifications deemed to have a “negative impact” on Grand Theft Auto Online.
That’s according to the studio’s lead gameplay designer John Macpherson, who outlined Rockstar’s policy when it comes to those looking to tinker with the multiplayer experience, and also the new-fangled Rockstar Editor, which will give players the ability to create and edit their own gameplay videos.
“Since GTA Online has such a massive and vibrant community, our primary focus is making sure that nothing detracts from that experience or has a negative impact on the overall community of players.
“We’ve increased the number of options available so that players can manipulate film speed, depth of field, different kinds of camera positioning and the various blends between them, filters, and more,” said Macpherson. “We have also expanded the ways that players can manipulate sound on their movies.”
While Rockstar isn’t planning on release a set of mod tools officially, the studio has no qualms with the PC community rewriting the Grand Theft Auto V rulebook, and given some of the weird and wonderful creations that modders dreamed up in GTA IV, Los Santos and the surrounding area of Blaine County will only give tinkerers a bigger canvas upon which to project their custom magic.
After a prolonged wait, Grand Theft Auto V will arrive for PC players on April 14. For now, tell us, are you planning on picking up the port of Rockstar’s opus for another bout of single-player action and Grand Theft Auto Online?