Crytek seeks to dismiss its own Star Citizen lawsuit until Squadron 42 launches

Creator of CryEngine believes Star Citizen's single-player game will be delayed past June, moves for October trial

Crytek is trying to dismiss its own lawsuit against Cloud Imperium Games and Roberts Space Industries -- but only on a temporary basis.

The company is taking legal action against the developer of Star Citizen, claiming (among other things) the company breached contract and infringed on its copyright by continuing to develop the game in CryEngine 3 without a licence.

The trial was originally set to take place in March 2020, but both parties requested that this be pushed back to June 16. However, Crytek is now pushing for this to be delayed further, primarily until Squadron 42 is released.

The single-player title, which serves as the campaign for Star Citizen, is due for release in the first half of 2020. Crytek's court documents, shared by Reddit user RiSC1911, state that a meeting between the two parties in early December "revealed new information regarding the ripeness of one of Crytek's existing claims."

Since Squadron 42 is central to some of Crytek's claims, the company is trying to delay the trial further until the game has launched, suggesting the title will be delayed into the second half of the year.

Crytek originally wanted to voluntarily dismiss its lawsuit against Cloud Imperium with the intention of refiling the suit after launch. The two companies discussed the possibility of a stipulated dismissal, but could not reach an agreeement.

Undeterred, Crytek has filed a motion to dismiss its own lawsuit, and Cloud Imperium intends to oppose this. The latter will have until January 24 to do so, after which Crytek must reply by February 7.

Both parties appear to have agreed to request a delay for the trial, earmarking October 13 as a potential date.

The lawsuit against Cloud Imperium and Roberts Space Industries was originally filed in December 2017. A month later, Cloud Imperium disputed the claims against it, and reiterated that it had switched development from CryEngine 3 to Amazon's Lumberyard engine (which is itself an off-shoot of CryEngine following a licensing deal that saved Crytek from financial problems).

However, in Crytek's motion, it claims Cloud Imperium has since been "forced to confirm during this litigation that no such switch had taken place," something the company used as example of the "pattern of CIG saying one thing its is public statements and another in this litigation."

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Latest comments (1)

Joe.Blobers Surveyor, Satsuma Droid2 years ago
Star Citizen (MMO) got in December 3.8 patch, Squadron 42 (solo) do have a planned Beta for Q3 2020 with SC getting in the meantime 4 extra patch adding most contents and gameplay, all SQ42 assets will be injected in SC at release… roughly around mid-2021 assuming SQ42 beta takes a couple quarters.

Court rejected Crytek suit main points several times already:
CIG’s motion to dismiss on copyright infringement grounds,
CIG was not obligated to promote CryEngine as Crytek claimed,
CIG had not “engaged in the business of designing or promoting a competing game engine.

In short, Trial was Crytek last attempt to grab cash... and they failed as CIG can make a single Launcher for both SQ42 and SC and they will never approve to dismiss without prejudice as Crytek claim has no merit since day one.

Financially speaking, 2018 was the best pledges year since start of the project from scratch end of November 2012 (12 guys, no pipelines, no studios)… 2019 pledges are even higher with 10 extra M$ compared to 2018 pledges. The all project have been valued by Independent Auditors back in 2018 to +460M$ (without Calders investment).

Backers # was +37K (end of Kickstarter) to +1.1 million despite Alpha… in order to make this project possible as there is nothing to expect from Publishers, releasing sequel after sequel or game to be re-worked from ground (Anthem). Free weeks, allow anyone to test/play current SC Alpha… Something publishers are scared to do even with finished product :)
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