As we originally reported Rockstar was banning players for using mods in GTA V in both online mode and single player mode, initially. Because of this many people were unhappy and took to Steam to air their grievance by writing a negative review of the game, which is now up to 8083 at the time of writing this article. Players that were found using mods were banner for a period of 2 weeks. Because of the backlash Rockstar has fixed the situation by allowing mods in single player mode, but not online.
In a new Q&A on Rockstar Newswire they confirmed that players will not be banned for using single-player mods. Players will not be banned as long as the mod stays in single-player mode.
Rockstar did however say that they can’t assure that mods will not be broken with future updates. Here is the full statement:
“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 GTAIV PC among many other classics. To be clear, the modding policy in our license has not changed and is the same as for GTAIV. Recent updates to GTAV 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. 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.”
This is a good move by Rockstar and will keep the modding community of GTA V alive and well.