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OpenIV mod makers aim to bring Liberty City to Grand Theft Auto 5

The makers of the Grand Theft Auto modding tool OpenIV have announced an ambitious plan to bring Liberty City, the sprawling metropolis of Grand Theft Auto 4, to GTA 5. It won't replace Los Santos or Blaine County, however, but will actually exist alongside it, on the other side of the sea. 

There aren't any proper trailers or screens just yet, nor is there any mention of a launch date, although the FAQ states that the developers are trying to get it out as soon as possible. Whenever it happens, because of both the sheer size of Liberty City and concerns about distribution rights (which they don't have), the mod will "convert" the city from Grand Theft Auto IV into GTA V, and thus require both of them to operate.   

The mod will work with Episodes From Liberty City, but you won't be able to hit those streets in multiplayer: Rockstar, you'll recall, doesn't allow mods in GTA Online, and there's a "high probability" you'll be banned if you try. You'll need a lot of free hard drive space for the converter to do its thing, and possibly a good chunk of time too, although specifics on that will have to wait until the mod is released. 

Thanks, Kotaku.

Andy Chalk

Andy has been gaming on PCs from the very beginning, starting as a youngster with text adventures and primitive action games on a cassette-based TRS80. From there he graduated to the glory days of Sierra Online adventures and Microprose sims, ran a local BBS, learned how to build PCs, and developed a longstanding love of RPGs, immersive sims, and shooters. He began writing videogame news in 2007 for The Escapist and somehow managed to avoid getting fired until 2014, when he joined the storied ranks of PC Gamer. He covers all aspects of the industry, from new game announcements and patch notes to legal disputes, Twitch beefs, esports, and Henry Cavill. Lots of Henry Cavill.