Crytek sues Star Citizen studios CryEngine

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  1. Hilbert Hagedoorn

    Hilbert Hagedoorn Don Vito Corleone Staff Member

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    CryEngine makes Crytek is suing the team behind Star Citizen for breach of contract. This lawsuit, filed in U.S. district court in California, has the potential to disrupt development of a game that i...

    Crytek sues Star Citizen studios CryEngine
     
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    fantaskarsef Ancient Guru

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    Crytek needs money...
     
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    RealNC Maha Guru

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    Yup. Pretty much sums it up.
     
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    KissSh0t Ancient Guru

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    Must really suck to be stabbed in the back by Crytek like that.
     

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    sverek Ancient Guru

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    Hate comment below without much game knowledge:

    Ah the climax finalle of StarCitizen, get canned due to license breach.

    This game perfectly sums up devs who got too much funds and no clear goals. Just code a bit of everything that sounds cool.
    Facial expression? yepp gotta have it for alpha release!
     
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    Yeah it's a never ending story I guess... I was interested in it a few years ago, but no release makes it hard to guess if the game's even worth buying (since you have to pay for it although it's not "final"?)
     
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    Are you programmers here? If this is true, Crytek has any willing right to do this. It is called dirty play. It is not always about the money. It is about fair play.
     
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    The foundation of the case looks like Crytek are in the right here.
     
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    word from CIG
    We are aware of the complaint having been filed in the US District Court. CIG hasn’t used the CryEngine for quite some time since we switched to Amazon’s Lumberyard. This is a meritless lawsuit that we will defend vigorously against, including recovering from Crytek any costs incurred in this matter.
     
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    Problem is this game seems just a fraud itself...and people still funding it lol...it will never be released and the devs will disappear with all the money....
     

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    will just enjoy alpha 3.0 that is on is way out to all backers ;-)
     
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    Oh my soul, I feel terrible for the people still waiting with bated breath for this scam. Alpha 3.0, the third alpha? Heck an Alpha is supposed to be version 0.1 or something with the Beta being 0.7-0.9 and then the final product is 1.0. Yet this one now after 5 years has Alpha 3.0.

    It's a damn joke.
     
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    Except that hardly anybody follows the old alpha/beta/release definitions anymore. Today's games can be ever changing over the years through DLCs and updates, so the all the release concepts get fuzzy and subjective.

    You can have awful, bug ridden, feature lacking "released" games and very polished "betas".

    e.g. World of Tanks's version is still "0.9.x" despite being far from a Beta for many years.

    Finally, 5 years is not a particularly long dev time for such a project. It's also not a CoD reskin, but very ambitious in its goals.
    Also consider that RSI was not an established studio, so while development somewhat "began" in 2012, it was surely small in scale and rough in its process;
    can't be compared to 5 "Blizzard years", imho.
     
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    RzrTrek Maha Guru

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    Crytek looking for some easy money?
     

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    I might be wrong, but didn't Crytek go through a very rough patch and filed for bankruptcy? Like I say I might be wrong.
     
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    I would like to know what crytek wants to get from this, money?! I guess that wont happen because SC/RSI is broke too, otherwise they would not raise loans and sell expensive imaginary ships
     
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    When I read the title I thought, "Bankrupt Crytek is trying to get money where ever they can now." Then I read their complaints in the lawsuit and I agree. They have a legitimate case here! Doesn't look good for Star Citizen.
     
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    Well, it is common sense. I wouldn't like someone use even a bit of my code without proper authorization or license. They decided to NOT use Cryengine anymore and they should stop at 100% by removing anything related. I admit Crytek does it for money, but they are correct at this.
     
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    Here's part of the lawsuit:

    "In that Agreement, Defendants promised, among other things, (i) to use the CryEngine game development platform exclusively and to promote that platform within the video game, (ii) to collaborate with Crytek on CryEngine development, and (iii) to take a number of steps to ensure that Crytek's intellectual property was protected. Defendants utterly failed to follow through on those promises, and their actions and omissions constitute breaches of contract and copyright infringement and have caused substantial harm to Crytek."


    So the fact Chris Roberts tried changing engines while still using CryEngine code, stop paying Crytek, and removed the CryEngine logo shows he did violate their original contract. This is going to be interesting and Star Citizen fans are going to lose their Sh!t!
     

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