Rockstar Games, the developer of the Grand Theft Auto (GTA) series, has recently acquired Cfx.re, the team behind the popular FiveM and RedM mods for GTA 5 and Red Dead Redemption 2. These mods enable custom servers with various rules and scenarios.
FiveM and RedM are popular mods for roleplaying fans and streamers. They can immerse themselves in the worlds of Los Santos and the Wild West with these mods. What does this acquisition mean for the future of GTA 6 and its multiplayer mode?
How FiveM and RedM changed GTA Online and Red Dead Online
GTA Online and Red Dead Online are the official multiplayer modes for GTA 5 and Red Dead Redemption 2, respectively. They allow players to explore the open worlds of the games, complete missions, participate in events, and interact with other players.
However, some players felt that the official modes were too restrictive, repetitive, or chaotic, and wanted more freedom and variety in their online experience. That’s where FiveM and RedM came in.
Using original game files, FiveM and RedM are mods that make custom servers independent from Rockstar’s servers. They have different features, mods, scripts, and plugins that change the gameplay for players who join.
For example, some servers have realistic economies, police, and medical systems, while others have zombies, superheroes, or aliens. Some servers are focused on roleplaying, where players create and act out characters with different backgrounds, personalities, and goals, while others are focused on racing, drifting, deathmatch, or other activities. The possibilities are endless, and players can find servers that suit their preferences and interests.
FiveM and RedM have been very popular among the GTA and Red Dead communities, especially among roleplayers. Roleplaying servers have created immersive and dynamic worlds, where players can experience stories, drama, comedy, and action.
Roleplaying servers have also attracted many streamers and viewers, who enjoy watching and interacting with the characters and scenarios. Some of the most popular roleplaying servers include NoPixel, Eclipse, and TheFamily.
How Rockstar reacted to FiveM and RedM
Rockstar Games has had a complicated relationship with FiveM and RedM over the years. On one hand, Rockstar has always supported modding in its single-player games, as long as it does not affect the multiplayer modes or the game’s integrity.
On the other hand, Rockstar has also taken legal actions against some modders and hackers who have violated its terms of service or endangered its online revenue.
FiveM and RedM have been in a gray area, as they use the original game files but do not interfere with the official multiplayer modes. However, Rockstar has not always been tolerant of them. In 2015, Rockstar banned several FiveM developers and players from GTA Online, claiming that they were creating a competing service that could harm the game’s online community.
In 2019, Rockstar also shut down a Red Dead Redemption fan project that used the RedM framework to port the original game to PC.
However, Rockstar has also shown some signs of appreciation and recognition for FiveM and RedM. In 2020, Rockstar permitted single-player mods in GTA Online and Red Dead Online, without gameplay or economic impact. In 2021, Rockstar highlighted the best FiveM and RedM servers on its website, displaying their creativity and diversity.
How Rockstar acquired Cfx.re and what it means for GTA 6
On August 11, 2023, Rockstar Games announced that it had acquired Cfx.re, the team behind FiveM and RedM, and welcomed them to the Rockstar family. Rockstar lauded Cfx.re’s roleplay and creator communities, and vowed to collaborate on enhancing their services.
Cfx.re also expressed its excitement and gratitude for joining Rockstar, and said that it would continue to develop and maintain FiveM and RedM, as well as work on new projects with Rockstar. Rockstar buys Cfx.re, and shows interest in improving online roleplaying.
This implies that Rockstar aims to make its multiplayer modes better and easier to use. Console players could have fun with mods that were only for PC. It also reveals that Rockstar is working on GTA 6 and its multiplayer mode, expected to launch in 2024.6
One of the biggest questions that GTA fans have is whether FiveM will be available for GTA 6, or whether Rockstar will integrate some of its features into the official multiplayer mode. There is no official pieces of information, but FiveM may work with GTA 6 or Rockstar may improve it.
First, Rockstar has stated that it will continue to support and update GTA Online, even after the release of GTA 6, as it considers it a separate entity from the main game. This means that GTA Online will not be replaced by GTA 6’s multiplayer mode, but rather coexist with it.
FiveM might work with GTA Online and GTA 6 if it does not mess with the game’s files or servers. Rockstar endorses and approves the mods by Cfx.re, and will not ban or sue them. Rockstar will probably allow the same for GTA 6 if the mods follow the rules and guidelines.
Third, Rockstar has also hinted that it will incorporate some of the features and elements of FiveM and RedM into its own multiplayer modes, as part of its collaboration with Cfx.re.
This means that Rockstar wants to learn from and enhance Cfx.re’s mods for players. Therefore, Rockstar might add roleplaying, customization, and creation from FiveM and RedM to GTA 6.
The team that made FiveM and RedM, Cfx.re, was acquired by Rockstar Games. This benefits the roleplaying communities of GTA and Red Dead, and the future of GTA 6 and its multiplayer mode. Rockstar values its modding community and aims to offer a more immersive and extensive online experience.
No confirmation or announcement has been made yet, but FiveM could be part of GTA 6. Or Rockstar could offer a similar or better experience. GTA fans can anticipate a more enjoyable and exciting online adventure in GTA 6.
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