GTA Vice City Unofficial Nintendo Switch Port Released By Developer

IbizaPocholo

NeoGAFs Kent Brockman


It’s sad that Rockstar hasn’t brought the GTA series on Nintendo Switch and it seems that they have no such intention as of now. But that has never discouraged community developers to attempt the same.

We have come across several incidents of players successfully running GTA Vice City on Switch. However, it mostly involved hacking and jailbreaking which is illegal.

But earlier this year a group of fans was able to reverse-engineer the source code for both Grand Theft Auto III and GTA: Vice City. The files were uploaded to GitHub but soon Rockstar Games’ parent company, Take-Two Interactive, issued a DMCA complaint and took down the files on GitHub, alleging copyright infringement.

But last month, these reverse-engineered fan versions of Grand Theft Auto III and Vice City, known as re3 and reVC, came back online following a DMCA counterclaim by the creators.

And just a few days ago, the engineers managed to complete the Switch port and release it fully on GitHub.

IS IT LEGAL?​

According to DMCA rules, such content must go back online in 10 to 14 days unless legal action is taken. However, it appears that Take-Two didn’t file a lawsuit or sent cease-and-desist letters to the creators even after the complaint; hence, the unofficial port is back online.

Besides, the counterclaim filed by the project creators argued that the code is “either unprotected by copyright or is permitted under fair use.”

Project lead “aap” even claimed that Take-Two generating revenue from the project because it requires users to own GTA III or Vice City to even access these ported games on Nintendo Switch.

Apparently, the ReVC project needs to be combined with the original files purchased legally from the PC version of GTA Vice City to make it run on your Switch.

So right now the legal status of the project is still debated, but the good news is that those who have dreamed of playing the game on Nintendo Switch, have a chance of doing so.
 

justiceiro

Marlboro: Other M
People are literally porting games for free because Nintendo can't/won't convince third party to do so.

Switch owners that jailbreak their console have it better than paying costumers. How can this be?
 

amigastar

Member
Thats great, love Vice City. Good memories in a time where a sequel didn't take 12 years to develop.
 
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SlimeGooGoo

Party Gooper
Not really worth it unless the full radio is intact. Billy Jean GOTTA be in there.
michael jackson pepsi GIF
 
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SpongebobSquaredance

Unconfirmed Member
Class action lawsuit incoming from Nintendo.
Nintendo should convince Take Two to release this on the Switch officially. My goodness, half the work is done already. They don't loose anything.
 
Nintendo should convince Take Two to release this on the Switch officially. My goodness, half the work is done already. They don't loose anything.

Take Two have prolly been speak with Gabe. Or the other way round. This about it, They want people to crave after a handheld GTA so what better way to do so than with GTA V and looking at the specs on the Deck.
 

Marty-McFly

Banned
Take Two have prolly been speak with Gabe. Or the other way round. This about it, They want people to crave after a handheld GTA so what better way to do so than with GTA V and looking at the specs on the Deck.
What about the 4 plus years Switch has been breaking sales records and Take 2 opted to put LA Noire of the Switch instead? :messenger_blowing_kiss:

Yeah, that was pretty weird.
 
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SpongebobSquaredance

Unconfirmed Member
Take Two have prolly been speak with Gabe. Or the other way round. This about it, They want people to crave after a handheld GTA so what better way to do so than with GTA V and looking at the specs on the Deck.
GTA 5 will run on the Deck either way, it's a PC after all.

Now the Switch needs versions that are specially made for the system, and they absolutely should put everything on there that works technically.
If some fans can do this in their free time, then this shouldn't be a problem for Take Two.
 
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