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Take-Two forces GitHub to take down reverse-engineered GTA III and VC

Published: 22:22, 30 September 2021
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GTA III and Vice City are headed for a remaster and that means purging fan projects that kept the fandom going for a while now.

Take-Two Interactive previously sued the creators of the  GTA III and GTA Vice City reverse-engineering projects that fixed a bunch of bugs and offered fans an opportunity to relive the glory days of the early 2000s in Vice and Liberty City.

Since the project runners made these creations open-source, the easiest way to get them in the hands of players was through GitHub. Now this platform has become the target of T2's lawyers, who sent a DMCA takedown notice to the website, forcing them to stop disseminating GTA III reverse-engineered (Re3) and GTA Vice City reverse-engineered (ReVC).

The letter that was sent to GitHub can be found on the website and read in full, with a few redactions, possibly to avoid further legal issues. Even though T2 are known for sending lawyers and private investigators after anyone who might threaten their revenue even indirectly, it's worth noting that the severity of this one is probably spurred by the imminent release of GTA Trilogy - The Definitive Edition, which was recently rated in South Korea.

Anyway, GitHub pulled all the repositories that Take-Two's legal team asked for so if you were looking to download Re3 or ReVC, you are not in luck. All the downloads were already down by the time of writing.

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