GTA V Mods: Modification by users of games in the open-world sandbox Grand Theft Auto series is a popular trend. These unofficial modifications can drastically change the gameplay experience: from replacing the player’s character model with a fire breathing cat, to spawning zombies throughout the map. Modifications are presented in the form of downloadable files or archives. Mods for Grand Theft Auto are generally developed for use on the PC versions of the games since the platform does not prevent modifications to installed software; however, similar content for console versions does exist to an extent.
In most of the games, certain data files were stored in simple archives or in plain text files, allowing modders to edit them using basic tools. More complex modifications, such as changes to the gameplay mechanics or the addition of custom models and/or maps were not possible without more advanced tools specific to GTA. For this reason, modders would often collaborate on various fan sites, pooling resources, and sharing documentation with one another.
Grand Theft Auto fan communities have been essential to the growth of the modding scene. Modders were able to exchange knowledge and team up in order to create new tools, mods, and documentation. GTA communities, Internet forums, and fan sites have also been essential, as they serve as hosts for mods. Besides the video-sharing site YouTube, sites such as GTANet, GTA inside, GTA V Mods, and The GTA Place served as platforms for content exchange and discussion about modding and the Grand Theft Auto in general.
After rockstar was asked about their opinion, they stated that they have always appreciated the efforts of the modding community and still gladly remember classic mods like Zombie Invasion or the original Grand Theft Auto III map on Grand Theft Auto IV. They also declared that their modding policy hasn’t changed and is same as for GTA IV The end-user license agreement contradicts this, however, as users may not “Reverse engineer, decompile, disassemble, display, perform, prepare derivative works based on, or otherwise modify the Software, in whole or in part.”