Once people figured out how, they modded the living heck out of Grand Theft Auto IV on PC, adding in characters like Iron-Man, The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and Woody from Toy Story – and then going on to give it a complete visual overhaul with mods that made it nearly indistinguishable from reality. Modding on GTA IV has been prolific, rivalled only by games like Skyrim. It was expected that modding GTA V would be just as easy – but apparently Rockstar doesn’t want people to mod the game. They’ve locked the necessary files up.
“Rockstar did everything to prevent modding of GTA V,” modder ENBSeries said on a modding forum. “So at this moment, [it’s] impossible to do anything via editing [the] game files.”
They’re staying away from trying to mod the game until Rockstar makes it easier to do, or unlocks the necessary files. They probably don’t want to do that, for fear that people will end up ruining GTA Online with cheats and hacks.
Other modders were having the same sorts of issues.
“Bad news,” modder Frostav wrote on Reddit. “This game looks very locked down right now. It might be a while before we can get into the game. This is the most a GTA game has ever been locked down before. I can’t even access simple stuff like the [car-handling files].”
Of course, PC modders are a tenacious sort. Another group of modders, the folks behind the Open IV tool that made GTA IV modding a great deal easier, have revealed that they’ve cracked in to the game’s archives, opening the floodgates to a world of GTA V mods. It means tinkerers will soon be able to dick about with the game’s character models, physics, AI routines and just about everything else – so expect GTA V to get wild soon enough.
Last Updated: April 16, 2015