The question over whether Grand Theft Auto V PC gamers can get banned for using mods has been swirling around the community for a couple of weeks. Rockstar Games gave a definitive answer to the question in a Q&A post on Thursday that should clarify the matter once and for all.
GTA V players began reporting at the end of April that they were getting banned from the game for using a Field of View (FOV) mod while playing online. Not long afterwards, reports surfaced that a new patch broke mods for the game.
Rockstar made it clear in response to a fan question that single-player mods will not get you banned as long as they stay in single-player.
— Rockstar Games (@RockstarGames) May 7, 2015
“We have always appreciated the creative efforts of the PC modding community and we still fondly remember the awesome zombie invasion mod and original GTA map mod for GTA IV PC among many other classics. To be clear, the modding policy in our license has not changed and is the same as for GTA IV,” Rockstar stated.
“Recent updates to GTA V PC had an unintended effect of making unplayable certain single player modifications. This was not intentional, no one has been banned for using single player modifications, and you should not worry about being banned or being relegated to the cheater pool just for using single player PC mods,” the developer explained.
Since mods are not officially supported, there is no easy and official way to enable and disable mods when switching between single-player and GTA Online. Reddit user bilago did share a GTA V launcher that covers different ways to load the game with and without mods. Most importantly, it loads GTA Online without mods at all.
If you plan to use mods in GTA V, be sure to disable or remove mods before going online to ensure that you do not get banned by Rockstar.
Meanwhile, GTA V mod makers will have to stay on their toes as there is no guarantee that mods will play nice with any patch released to the PC version of the game.
“Our primary focus is on protecting GTA Online against modifications that could give players an unfair advantage, disrupt gameplay, or cause griefing. It also bears mentioning that because game mods are by definition unauthorized, they may be broken by technical updates, cause instability, or affect your game in other unforeseen ways.”
If you do want to try out mods, try out these three mods that Inquisitr writer Maat van Uitert suggests.