The specific studio trying to recruit the developer is Rockstar Toronto, whose biggest solo game is 2005's The Warriors but who have spent the subsequent years merely helping out with other Rockstar games and porting them to other formats.
It may be inevitable that a popular online game will see its share of modding and cheating, but it's never welcomed by those wanting to play a game clean, free from griefing and, for want of a better word, douchebaggery. It looks like those banned GTA 5 players could be making a return.
According to a modder on the Se7enSins forums, temporary characters, which are created only "when 95% or more of server assets" are unavailable, aren't authenticated by the usual process, meaning GTA Online will "allow access to the temporary character functionality", without knowing the player is banned. LondonTown2004, the modder who identified the possible exploit, explains the opportunity.
Back when Grand Theft Auto Online launched on consoles, the game contained a feature known as "Temporary Characters".
A similar exploit - found after Rockstar fixed the problem of disappearing characters, cash and weapons - had been used in GTA Online on PS3 and Xbox 360, notoriously turning the game's freemode sessions into chaos.
So it could easily be a new expansion or game mode for GTA Online, something to do with a new Red Dead Redemption or Max Payne - or even sneaking away from a teacher in a new Bully. The lack of saving or recording with temp characters means they are the key to playing online with mods and cheats and are a way for banned players to return.
It seems that sort of wayward shenanigans may be inflicted on PC gamers.
Many modders have been wishing for mods in GTA Online, but is that worth the hassle of cheaters?
A few members of the modding community seem to think this exploit is unavoidable at this point, but time will tell whether or not Rockstar is able to dodge that bullet.