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'GTA 5' PS4, Xbox One and PC publisher facing potential legal issue

'GTA 5'
'GTA 5'
Photo courtesy of Rockstar Games, used with permission

Take-Two Interactive is facing a potential legal issue. According to a report from NZ Gamer on July 3, the parent publisher behind "GTA 5" on the PS4, Xbox One and PC is being sued by Lindsay Lohan. The celebrity believed that the video game company illegally used her image and likeness in the open-world action-adventure game on the PS3 and Xbox 360.

Take-Two Interactive is accused of depicting Lindsay Lohan with a fictional character known as Lacey Jones. In the video game, players have to prevent the paparazzi from harassing the actress. Furthermore, the lawsuit also claims that the Chateau Marmont hotel, which was the summer home of Lindsay Lohan, was also incorporated into "GTA 5" under the name of Gentry Manor.

It is unknown how the legal issue may affect the upcoming ports if Take-Two Interactive ended up being found guilty. In addition to paying Lindsay Lohan, the company may be forced to eradicate the Lacey Jones and Gentry Manor contents from the video game. The removal could theoretically be done through a product recall although it may be too expensive. On the other hand, the company can opt for a patch update.

The fifth main "Grand Theft Auto" title takes place in Los Santos, a fiction setting that borrows a lot of elements from Los Angeles. The development team decided to create parodies of the celebrity culture in Hollywood with several scenarios. Due to the decision, however, the parent publisher ended up being sued.

"GTA 5" on the PS3 and Xbox 360 is the fastest selling game of all time, generating more than $1 billion in revenue within several days of release in Sept. of last year. In total, the product has sold over 30 million copies across the world on just two platforms. It also continued to produce more revenue for Take-Two Interactive due to the monetization of the "GTA Online" multiplayer mode.

"GTA 5" for PS4, Xbox One and PC should also sell big as well. The video game is expected to run at the native 1080p resolution along with a smoother frame rate, more detailed textures as well as other improvements. An image announcing the upcoming ports from the official Rockstar Games Twitter site can be found near the top of this article.

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