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Crytek Sues Star Citizen Developer For Breach Of Contract

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As one of the most long-awaited indie video games that is funded by fan contributions, Star Citizen has earned a reputation for getting delayed a lot. Thanks to a lawsuit filed by Crytek against the game’s developer, Cloud Imperium Games, the MMO Space Simulator might be delayed even more. The lawsuit is apparently due to a breach of contract on the part of the Star Citizen developer.

In the lawsuit details that Crytek filed against Cloud Imperium Games, the owner of the CryEngine is accusing the developer behind the ambitious PC title of breach of contract and copyright infringement. Apparently, part of the agreement between the two companies when using the engine to develop Star Citizen is to have the CryEngine logo prominently displayed in the game.

Crytek stressed that this particular agreement was a huge part of the deal it struck with the developer. What’s more, the developer of the Crisis series is also accusing Cloud Imperium founder Chris Roberts of essentially downplaying the role that Crytek played in developing Star Citizen.

Now, there are a few details that are worth noting here, starting with the fact that Cloud Imperium has already dropped the CryEngine in favor of the Lumberyard engine that’s owned by Amazon. Apparently, this particular issue occurred before the switch was made, Gamespot reports.

Aside from the logo issue, it seems Cloud Imperium also fell short on its promise to send regular bug fix reports to Crytek and that CryEngine was used to make the single-player game Squadron 42, which was not part of the agreement. Crytek says that the deal only covered Star Citizen, PC Gamer reports. In response to the lawsuit, Cloud Imperium provided a statement that dismisses Crytek’s claims.

"We are aware of the Crytek complaint having been filed in the US District Court," the statement reads. "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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