GTA 5’s publisher Take-Two Interactive has pressured the AI mod that talks to the famous NPC to stop working and be removed.
A popular mod that just debuted in Grand Theft Auto 5 that used artificial intelligence to create player-interactive NPCs has just been removed after Take-Two Interactive took action against its creator. AI-powered mods are becoming more and more popular, especially in open world games like GTA 5, Fallout 4 or Skyrim, and it looks like several companies are the copyright holders of the aerial series. very satisfied with them.
The original “Sentient Streets” mod was released a few weeks ago by a popular modder named Bloc and it allows gamers to use the microphone to ask certain NPCs questions in real time. The system will then use text-to-speech AI to generate an audio response, simulating a real-life conversation, which has made the whole project truly famous in the gaming world. player. The mod even has a story of its own, and this will be explored by players while they investigate conversations with the characters.
Recently, mod creator Bloc confirmed that Take-Two Interactive forced him to remove content from the internet. According to Bloc’s official statement on his YouTube channel, Take-Two Interactive has filed a copyright claim against his work, causing his videos to be removed from YouTube and mod links from Nexus Mods. . His account from Netlify, which hosts the installation instructions for the mod, has also been deleted. “Sentient Streets” is considered by many to be one of the best mods for GTA 5, and Bloc’s videos received over 100,000 views before they were removed. The modder was pretty frustrated as the whole thing happened to him was pretty one-sided, with the publisher never even trying to talk to him before taking action even though he didn’t monetize this mod in any way. how.
Unfortunately, Bloc doesn’t have much to do with the publisher’s decision. He used his official channel to say that he doesn’t have enough resources to fight Take-Two Interactive, as the dispute will need to go to court and the mod is just a side project for him. . He also complains that platforms like YouTube can remove his content due to copyright claims at any time but don’t do the same for the thousands of other GTA 5 videos out there, which he claims is unfair.
This is not the first time that the GTA publisher has removed content related to Grand Theft Auto, such as mods or videos. For example, last year videos showing prototype gameplay from the first GTA game were removed. With the increase in mods that use general artificial intelligence programs, it is likely that Take-Two Interactive will also remove other mods in the future.