A couple of Grand Theft Auto fan projects have been posted on GitHub by publisher Take-Two Interactive. The games were inverted versions of GTA 3 and Vice City, which gave them a number of modern improvements and upgrades. The removal was reported by @ TezFunz2 on Twitter, who pointed out that it probably occurred as a result of game sales discovering the project and reinforcing it. It’s impossible to say if the DMCA request may have anything to do with rumors of official remasters of the GTA games, but fans who liked these unofficial remasters will be disappointed anyway.
Tweet from @ TezFunz2 can be found built-in below.
Do you remember the reverse GTA 3 and Vice City project with “fan-created source code”;?
Take-Two has taken it down. Not very surprising since it hit regular media just a few days ago. Https://t.co/Vp0BPyIHNp
– Tez2 (@ TezFunz2) February 20, 2021
The projects were known as re3 and reVC for several years. In a recent interview with Eurogamer, the developers said they were surprised that Take-Two had not taken steps to get the game removed, and were hopeful that the publisher might not care. They also had several future plans for remasters, including VR support and a beam tracking update. However, as @ TezFunz2 pointed out in a follow-up Tweet, engineering is reversing Take-Two’s terms of service. On GitHub, Take-Two’s DMCA removal request states that “the best and only solution is complete removal.”
Unfortunately, fan projects like this are often taken down by publishers. It is disappointing for everyone who puts time and effort into these projects, but it is also a result that rarely seems relevant. Video game companies are quite protective of the IP, and will always go in to do just that.
For now, Grand Theft Auto fans can only hope for official remasters Grand Theft Auto III and Vice City really is in the works and that was the reason behind the removal. It is impossible to say for sure, but with Grand Theft Auto V. see a next generation upgrade later this year, maybe a couple of older games will also get the remaster treatment.
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