Earlier this year, Rockstars parent company Take-Two Interactive played takedown whack-a-mole with reverse-engineered versions of Grand Theft Auto 3 and Vice City. The publisher has obviously gone further in the last week or so, releasing DMCA takedown notifications for GTA 5 map mods like Vice City Overhaul, along with several popular mods for earlier games in the series.GTA: Liberty City was an overall conversion that brought the setting of GTA 3 into Vice Citys engine, and was very first released in 2005. Its no longer readily available on ModDB. Vice Cry, which changed Vice Citys textures and models with higher-resolution versions, is also gone. Is GTA: Underground, which combined the maps of not just GTA 3, Vice City, and San Andreas, however those of other Rockstar games Bully, Manhunt, and Manhunt 2, then included gang warfare. Are the mods converting San Andreas into ports of console-exclusives Liberty City Stories and Vice City Stories. Whichs not all.(Image credit: djluin)A thread on GTAForums has actually been cataloguing the removals, in addition to keeping in mind that Rockstars declaration on singleplayer mods, at first made throughout the back-and-forth over modding tool OpenIV in 2017, and which many modders have been assuming would protect their work, was silently upgraded in 2019. It now keeps in mind that it does not apply to either the “use or importation of other IP (including other Rockstar IP) in the task” or “making new video games, objectives, stories, or maps”. Neither of those clauses was in the initial variation of Rockstars declaration, which has been left out from the Wayback Machine, but can still be read in our newspaper article from the time.As for why Take-Two has actually decided to pursue these mods now– among which, its worth saying once again, is 16 years of ages– the web is currently split in between 2 theories. One, that its since theyre seen as competition for hypothetical remastered versions of GTA 3, Vice City, and San Andreas. And two, that its linked to recent rumors about GTA 6.