Reversed-engineered GTA code has been restored after its developer filed a DMCA counterclaim against Rockstar Games parent company Take-Two.
You may remember a story from back in February this year. The developer of the reversed-engineered code for GTA 3 and GTA Vice City essentially remastered both games, making them look a little nicer.
The reverse-engineer also meant that players are able to play both GTA 3 and GTA Vice City on systems such as the Wii U, Switch, and PS Vita. All of which were never officially released on the systems.
This reversed-engineered code may not have gone down well with Rockstar Games or Take-Two. Despite there being no official news for a release of GTA 3 and GTA Vice City remasters, this didn’t stop Take-Two from filing a DMCA takedown for the code.
The fan-made GTA 3 and GTA Vice City project has been in development for a number of years, and while the initial DMCA takedown from Take-Two was expected, it was no less disappointing for the developer.
Eurogamer reports that Take-Two’s DMCA takedown targeted the official GitHub repository, which resulted in over 200 forks for the code being pulled from the website, one of which belonged to a developer called “Theo”.
The project leader of the GTA code informed Eurogamer that while they were worried that a counterclaim against Take-Two could spark a lawsuit, that didn’t stop Theo from fighting back against the big company.
As a result of Theo’s counterclaim, the GTA code was surprisingly restored. This doesn’t mean that the developer has won against Take-Two. According to DMCA legislation, disputed content must be restored within 10 to 14 business days, unless the rights-holder takes legal action.
It’s likely that this won’t be the last we’ll hear of this story, so we’ll keep you posted should we hear of any further developments.
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