Star Citizen developers sued by Crytek

Star Citizen

Cloud Imperium Games announced late a year ago 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).

Crytek claims Roberts Space Industries (RSI) and Cloud Imperium Games "have caused substantial harm" to them.

The problems for Cloud Imperium Games continue, with Crytekt claiming that the developer used CryEngine in the single-player campaign of Star Citizen, known as Squadron 42.

UPDATE: A Cloud Imperium Games rep has responded with the following statement to Gamasutra: "We are aware of the Crytek complaint having been filed in the US District Court".

In the lawsuit, Crytek is looking to reclaim direct damages of around $75,000, along with "indirect damages, consequential damages (including lost profits), special damages, costs, fees, and expenses incurred by reason of Defendants' breach of contract and copyright infringement". We don't know yet, but Crytek definitely wants to see Cloud Imperium pay for what they claim is an illegal use of their engine, CryEngine 3.

The document also states as evidence that CIG and RSI considered Star Citizen and Squadron 42 as two games because, on December 23, 2014, they said in a press release that "b$3 oth games are now in development and are backed by a record-breaking $139 million crowd funded effort".

Crysis 3
Crysis 3

RSI's decision to switch from CryEngine to a separate game development system from Amazon, called Lumberyard, also allegedly breaks contractual agreements between the two firms, it claimed.

However, the suit also alleges that CIG removed logos and that RSI no longer prominently features or advertises the CryEngine during video promotion.

It includes the CryEngine trademark but not Crytek's. This part here is quite flimsy because Crytek is working under the assumption that Facewear had access to the suite of CryEngine tools source code, but we don't know exactly what they had access to. Saying the company 'utterly failed to follow through on those promises.' in reference to multiple alleged complaints. The contract was that CIG would only use CryEngine exclusively to make the game. According to the document, CIG and RSI said they were ready and willing to comply but then did not.

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.

CIG's response to the complaint is understandably short and to the point.

Star Citizen is the creation of gaming veteran Chris Roberts, who was behind the development of the iconic Wing Commander series of space games. "This was entirely in breach of the GLA".




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