Game which lets people steal expensive cars, smuggle weapons and pay prostitutes has decided that cheating is a step too far
GTA ONLINE fans are fuming after the game publisher took three hugely popular cheat tools offline.
Gamers can subscribe to companies offering hacking tools to give their characters infinite cash and manipulate the scenarios on offer – like walking through walls and gaining superhuman recovery powers.
But over the weekend, three major cheat tools Lexicon, Force Hax, and Menyoo were taken offline by GTA Online publisher Take-Two Interactive.
Their social media accounts have also been deleted.
All that is left on each website is three lines of text, which read: “After discussions with Take-Two Interactive, effective immediately we are ceasing all maintenance, development and distribution of [Lexicon, Force Hax and Menyoo] cheat menu services.
“We will be donating our proceeds to a charity designated by Take-Two.
“We apologise for any and all problems [Lexicon, Force Hax and Menyoo] has caused to the Grand Theft Auto Online community.”
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Rockstar has been trying to crackdown on mass-scale cheats since 2015, but claims it won’t be chasing players who modify their own games.
Many will be happy to learn that tools like Lexicon, Force Hax, and Menyoo are no more as they were often used by “griefers” – a gaming version of trolls who aim to cause destruction to other players by destroying their property in the virtual Grand Theft Auto world.
In retaliation, Rockstar recently shut down customising tool OpenIV.
But the clampdown was met with fury from thousands who were using it to modify single-player games unlike “griefers” who aim to cause chaos in the multi-player world.
More than 10,000 players have signed a petition to bring it back.
“The closing of OpenIV leaves 10,000s of people without access to be able to mod their games, and leaves 10,000s of people without the ability to continue their hobbies.
“All modding used by OpenIV is for single-player use only to make the game more enjoyable, the software OpenIV was never used to mod multiplayer or Grand Theft Auto Online so it does not harm anyone,” states the petition on chang.org.
GTA Online has just released a new update called Gunrunning.
Southern San Andreas’ illegal weapons trafficking industry provides the backdrop to the “massive” add-on which dropped last week.
The update features sharply dressed CEOs trading guns from lavish air-conditioned suites, while leather-clad bikers take to the highway to move consumer goods.
Dotted throughout familiar Blaine County you’ll find sprawling underground headquarters for sale, ready to be stocked with new military-grade vehicles and weapons manufacturing equipment.
According to game developer Rockstar, Gunrunning is full of new weapon upgrades, a “massive tactical, full-service mobile operations centre” and “specific business and research opportunities”.
A spokesperson wrote in a statement: “As the residents of Los Santos know, the only thing more fun than crime is profit and should you choose to invest in this new business, some extremely shady customers are ready to pay top dollar for what you can deliver.”
It revealed some sneak peek screenshots of what’s in store, too.
They feature an at home target range as well as an upgrade for the Tampa car.
A sign hints that the “Los Santos Airbase Bunker” will be where the action kicks off.
Meanwhile, console gamers are still being kept in the dark about a possible Grand Theft Auto 6.
Rumours suggest that the game might be set in London, and could feature a female lead.
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