A juggernaut GTA Online website has been shut down following “discussions” with label overlord Take Two. LunaCheats was infamous within the Grand Theft Auto community for selling various game hacks, but its page now displays a simple text message, apologising for “any and all problems” its software caused to the title’s community. It also promises to donate its “proceeds to a charity designated by Take Two”.
The mods primarily affected the PC community, but cheating can also occur on console. It’s also important to remember that we’re living in a world that’s blurring the lines between platforms, and we’re already seeing games like Call of Duty: Warzone affected by hackers and cheaters. Rockstar has yet to outline its plans for the PlayStation 5 version of GTA Online, but we wouldn’t be surprised to see it adopt a cross-platform model.
As such, this is an important step for the series as a whole. We have to imagine Take Two threatened litigation here, hence the sudden closure of the website. Cheating in multiplayer games is bad for everyone, really – it hurts all-important player retention for publishers, but worst of all it ruins the core experience for those who want to play properly. Let’s hope no alternatives pop up in LunaCheats’ place.