Crytek is suing Star Citizen's developers over breach of contract

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Moreover, Crytek states that since Star Citizen has been split into two games since 2016, with its multiplayer component and single-player Squadron 42, this counts as two separate uses of the same engine, and therefore is an even further breach of contract. Furthermore, Crytek is seeking an injunction to prevent Cloud Imperium Games from "using, possessing, or infringing on Crytek's copyrights".

One of the complaints is that Cloud Imperium Games is using Lumberyard from Amazon, based on CryEngine.

Cloud Imperium Games confirmed the lawsuit in a statement to PC Gamer, where they said it was "meritless" and that the developer will be fighting "vigorously" in court over the lawsuit.

So goes the statement from CIG, who has indeed switched engines. As we reported in 2016, CIG and RSI began selling two distinct games - Squadron 42 and the Star Citizen Persistent Universe. 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 last night launched a legal attack against Star Citizen developer CIG, and its parent company RSI, which is helmed by Chris Roberts. The filling specifically refers to Squadron 42 project. Problem is Crytek are claiming that they aren't telling the truth.

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Crytek say in the complaint that they have been "substantially harmed by being deprived of that compensation, which would ordinarily include a substantial up-front payment as well as a substantial royalty on game sales".

This agreement stated that CIG had promised to use CryEngine exclusively for the game's development, to collaborate with Crytek on CryEngine development, and protect Crytek's IP. They're only looking for $75,000 in direct damages, but clearly, the real prize here is a cut on all the funding that's gone into Star Citizen.

The German firm helped CIG and RSI with the Star Citizen Kickstarter promotional campaign in 2012 before the firms signed a Game License agreement to use Crytek's CryEngine technology.

Another detail in Crytek's complaint is that the Game License Agreement stipulates that the splash screen, credits, documentation, and packaging, as well as the marketing materials for Star Citizen needed to include Crytek's copyright notice and both the Crytek and CryEngine trademarks. In a response to Polygon, a representative from the company states that Crytek's lawsuit is meritless, and that they are willing to go to court to defend their stance.

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