Red Dead Redemption 2 Hot Coffee Mod Creator Ignore Rockstars Bully Threats
Take-Two Interactive is definitely not a fan of “Hot Coffee” mod, and no, we are not talking about your favorite Starbucks order. Take-Two recently demanded that a Red Dead Redemption 2 mod with sexual themes be removed. The Red Dead Redemption 2 mod “Hot Coffee” allows players to have physical intercourse with women in the game. The game already includes some nudity and brief sexual content, however, players themselves are not permitted to engage in it.
The Hot Coffee mod, which was uploaded to Nexus Mods on 12th February 2020, recreates the infamous Hot Coffee mini-game from 2004’s Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. It sees main character Arthur Morgan have sex with a prostitute, and was built with animations lifted from the drunk saloon mission with Lenny and the sounds the character models make when they get injured. No nudity is shown, and the mod is only available for the single-player portion of the game.
The original Hot Coffee was not normally accessible in San Andreas, but it hit the headlines after the release of the Hot Coffee mod for the PC version in 2005. This mod granted access to the mini-game, which portrayed sex between main character Carl “CJ” Johnson and his chosen in-game girlfriend. Assets for Hot Coffee were also found in the PlayStation 2 and Xbox versions, prompting the ESRB to re-rate San Andreas Adults Only, some shops to withdraw and recall the game, and federal and legal action as well as civil class actions.
Fast forward to 2020, and Rockstar is having another Hot Coffee moment, this time in Red Dead Redemption 2. But while its co-creator says they’ve been ordered to pull the mod offline, they believe they are in the right – and Take-Two’s legal team is “confused”.
One of the mod’s co-creators, who goes by the aias Unlosing, said they received an email on 15th February from a member of the legal team representing Take-Two and Rockstar at New York firm Frankfurt Kurnit (Frankfurt Kurnit has represented Take-Two in the past).
In the initial email, the legal rep asks Unlosing to respond and pull the mod. This sparks a reply claiming a number of violations including Rockstar’s End User Licence Agreement, which “prohibits acts like decompiling, preparing derivative works based on, or otherwise modifying the software,” and its code of conduct for online services, which “includes a prohibition on users creating, uploading, or posting material that is vulgar, obscene, sexually oriented, or inconsistent with community standards”.
The most serious issue appears to revolve around the sexual content of the mod, which, the email states, “is causing particular concern”.
One modder named “Unlosing” has spoken about the controversy. They believe that Take-Two and Rockstar are behaving unfairly. They noted that the mod does not include nudity and only “only uses assets that are still in the game” like the moans that characters emit when they are injured. Furthermore, the mod is only for single-players. Unlosing added, “I find it crazy how Rockstar Games can add hookers to its games, but when someone uploads a mod (not even of the same quality) it’s suddenly ‘inappropriate'”.
This is not the first time Take Two has put a stopper on fan-made projects. The company recently filed a lawsuit against developer Jonathon Wyckoff. Wyckoff was working on a project that would enhance the graphics of Red Dead Redemption and make it playable on PC. The original game could only be played on PC through services like Playstation Now. Wyckoff has since canceled the project.
Take-Two Interactive also had to contend with a lawsuit from the LA City Attorney’s Office alleging that the company failed to disclose the game’s sexual content. “Greed and deception are part of the ‘Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas’ story and in that respect, its publishers are not much different from the characters in their story,” LA City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo said back in 2006 “Businesses have an obligation to truthfully disclose the content of their products – whether in the food we eat or the entertainment we consume.”
Rockstar and Take-Two Interactive subsequently settled charges with the Federal Trade Commision later in 2006.