Crytek’s latest legal maneuvering against CIG suggests Squadron 42 won’t release this summer

    
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The long, drawn out, snail-paced legal fight between CIG and Crytek has taken one more step, but this one seems to have some direct correlation to Squadron 42 and its launch window while also adding another chapter to the drama between the two companies.

In a filing made this past Friday, Crytek asked for a voluntary dismissal – of its own lawsuit – without prejudice, which basically is asking that Crytek be allowed to dismiss the case and not be forced to pay fees until Squadron 42 is released, at which point Crytek may wish to continue to pursue litigation.

“Rather than press forward a case that is not likely to resolve the full dispute between the parties, Crytek seeks to voluntarily dismiss its claims without prejudice to re-filing once CIG in fact releases Squadron 42 as a standalone game. This approach will conserve judicial and party resources by allowing all claims between the parties to be fully adjudicated in a single proceeding with a single round of discovery on a fully developed factual record.”

This directly ties to an interrogation of CIG asking about Squadron 42’s release, which suggests that the company has no concrete plan on when the game will be live. The referenced response from CIG is blacked out, but the filing reads:

“In late November, CIG served its verified response stating that CIG had not decided how the game would be released. While this came as a surprise to Crytek (and undoubtedly will to the public who has pre-paid for Squadron 42), assuming the truth of CIG’s response, Crytek’s Squadron 42 claim is not yet ripe.”

As we’ve stated before, the most recent roadmap for Squadron 42 has only a beta release window of Q3 2020.

Our own legal-minded columnist Andy McAdams took a look over the document and helped to provide context on the possible intention of this filing, and he points out that a motion to voluntarily dismiss does not mean that Crytek is giving up the case entirely, just asking to put a hold on proceedings until a more complete case can be put together, if at all. You can get more of his rundown of the entire legal headbutting that has gone on between these two companies in this edition of his Lawful Neutral column.

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Joe Blobers

Follow up of CIG answer vs Crytek on 17 Jan. 2020: Defendants’ opposition to Crytek GMBH’s motion for voluntary dismissal.

It was not until May 22, 2019 – a year and a half after filing this lawsuit – that Crytek finally decided to ask Amazon whether it “licensed the Cryengine itself directly to CIG,” conceding that the answer “might potentially have quite some influence on our evaluation of the legal situation . . . .” Amazon confirmed that yes, it had “included Cryengine (what you licensed to us) as part of that license to CIG.

Even funnier is the answer by CIG in official document to Crytek and Court:

In year three, the case docket is littered with the detritus of reckless Crytek allegations, subject to fee shifting, thrown out as a matter of law or dropped under pressure.

Crytek should not be allowed to aim its car at CIG’s storefront window, stomp the accelerator, smash through, do doughnuts for years, then back out and drive away to maybe circle around and crash CIG again another day.

Crytek richly deserves having its keys taken away for all time

… but haters will claim they were right because… Lol

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Roger Melly

Even the most ardent backers must be starting to get a little fed up with defending CIG by now .

I never expected SQ42 to be released this year let alone this summer . I also doubt it will release next year .

And when it comes to Star Citizen it doesn’t now seem that far fetched that we wont see it release before the mid 2020’s ( if the money does not run out first that is ) .

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Bruno Brito

Take a look at this very thread and you’ll see there’s no limit for zealotry.

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Bluxwave

Here would you like me to fix this like bob the builder?

1. Chop scope and round the gameplay.
2. Any promised scope gets a promised refund either in ships or credits or USD.
3. Release the game its amazing enough already.
4. Money rollllllls in from releasing game.
5. Money is there to make the game patches to still make the game you wanted.

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Tee Parsley

This is what bad management and PTBarnum marketing leads to. Definitively releasing anything will put the damper on CIG selling people their own dreams.

Also an informative example of why you try to avoid the legal system. No telling what might happen, regardless of the case.

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Sleepy

Holy crap, where’s my popcorn! Derek Smart, Oleg being Oleg, suspicious random poster that only ever appears in a Star Citizen article, and what looks like crayon diagrams.

This, fellow posters, is what you call a target-rich environment.

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PanagiotisLial1

MOP Comments section PVP?

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Utakata

…now with pigtails! <3

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Bruno Brito

What a glorious day.

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Life_Isnt_Just_Dank_Memes

It will come out way later now because CiG has to go back and retcon SQ42 to include enough LumberYard to get out of this fiasco. We won’t see SQ42 for years still. 3.8 is a disaster unless you’re talking weather tech on MT which is a glorified movie set at this point anyways.

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ecchiboy590

Why would they ever release anything. With all the money they make just keeping the game in constant development hell. I bet after their backers find out about this they will just throw more money at them. It is always easier to believe a pretty lie than to look the ugly truth in the face.

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Oleg Chebeneev

As long as game keep growing and expanding, Im totally fine with neverending beta status.

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ecchiboy590

Thank you for making my point!

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Oleg Chebeneev

You didnt get mine

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ecchiboy590

Is your point that you gave CIG a bunch of money now you feel that you need to go on the internet and defend your …lol “investment”. But hey, maybe if you give them ALL of your paycheck next time instead of just half, they will release early. Only one way to find out!

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Oleg Chebeneev

No. Keep guessing

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Alberto

Most people are happy to keep backing the project including over 60,000 new backers this year as long as they see progress being made..if the project were to halt that progress you would see it collapse. hasn’t stopped yet so the money will continue to come in and at an INCREASING rate.

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Utakata

You can get that with a released game though. As long as the core game is intact, skies should be the limit. /shrug

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Oleg Chebeneev

So why we should look at lawsuit shenanigans about SQ42 launch date, when official SQ42 roadmap says that beta starts at earliest Q3 2020?

Also did I read it right that Crytek is begging to let them withdraw their lawsuit?

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Schmidt.Capela

Temporarily. Crytek wants to be able to resume the case when SQ42 launches.

On the other hand, it smacks of desperation because time is on CIG’s side, since the judge has already stricken out Crytek’s argument that the contract forces CIG to use CryEngine. Due to that, any extra time before a final decision is more time for CIG to identify and remove any remaining traces of CryEngine from the two games, further weakening Crytek’s case.

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dsmart

Really? Funny how they haven’t been able to do that for….THREE years now.

ps: You’re wrong. They can’t “identify and remove” CryEngine from their build.

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Joe Blobers

“Collapse 90 days top for sure”… Back in 2015 from the infamous developer known for nothing but releasing 15 times the same game over two decades but can’t even finish it… with 2 player/day on average… an MMO superior to EVE, planetscape and Star citizen… all of them… and removed for ever :)

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Bruno Brito

I’ll say what i said:

If CIG manages to release ANYTHING until the end of 2020, i’ll eat my words.

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Sean Barfoot

This is the most open development ever, so if Squadron 42 was likely to be delayed CIG would inform the backers, right? Right?

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Alberto

There a Roadmap you can just go and look at with weekly progress reports, the only thing that CIG has Planned for release is the BETA in 2020..release of the game is anytime after that..typically betas of single player game take anywhere from 6 months to a year so …meh

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Churro Flamínguez

You seem to imply that this $250M-plus, perpetual IOU of a game comes with, let’s say, a total lack of fiduciary oversight…