Saturday, 15 December, 2018

Crytek Sues Star Citizen Devs For Making Squadron 42, Not Advertising CryEngine

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Derrick Tucker | 14 December, 2017, 14:47

Cloud Imperium Games announced late previous year that they'd switched engines from CryEngine to Amazon Lumberyard (an engine based on an older version of CryEngine that's optimised for use in online games).

FarCry and Crysis developer Crytek filed paperwork with the California Central District Court today to bring a lawsuit against Roberts Space Industries and Cloud Imperium Games, the developers of Star Citizen.

In legal papers shared online, Crytek also alleges that RSI and Cloud Imperium have not honoured agreements to prominently display Crytek's logo in materials used to publicise the game. CIG hasn't used the CryEngine for quite some time since we switched to Amazon's Lumberyard.

For their part, Cloud Imperium Games has denied these claims, saying in a statement to Gamasutra that the lawsuit is "meritless" and that "we will defend vigorously against, including recovering from Crytek any costs incurred in this matter". Star Citizen hit Kickstarter in 2012, raising a record $2.1 million during that campaign.

The lawsuit goes deeper, as Crytek claims that in the terms of its deal with CIG, the developer had to send Crytek a list of bug fixes and optimizations that it had made to the CryEngine source code.

Crysis 3
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However, since CIG switched to the Lumberyard engine, all traces of said trademarks have been removed.

Picking further through the complaint from Crytek, here are the key points in the document. The contract was that CIG would only use CryEngine exclusively to make the game.

Crytek say that CIG and RSI received "a substantial reduction from Crytek's usual licensing fees in view of the promotional consideration".

Another promise Crytek say CIG and RSI broke was to exclusively use the CryEngine to develop Star Citizen when it moved to Amazon's Lumberyard and that this engine shift has damaged Crytek, as they have "failed to receive the benefit of the favorable attention that it otherwise would have derived from Defendants' use of CryEngine in Star Citizen".

Yes, Crytek is suing RSI for not making the current version of the CryEngine (or what's left of it) that can generate entire galaxies a complete version of the engine for Crytek to use. One is notorious for closing studios without paying developers, and the other seems to be working its developers on a game that just never wants to come out. And furthermore, Carl Jones, who negotiated for Crytek would later leave the company for, of course, CIG.

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