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Crytek seeking to dismiss lawsuit against Star Citizen studio until release of Squadron 42

Crytek is looking to delay its suit against Cloud Imperium Games.

The creators of the CryEngine are seeking to dismiss its own lawsuit against the developer of Star Citizen, according to legal documents shared by Reddit user RiSC1911. Crytek now hopes to wait until the release of Star Citizen's single-player counterpart Squadron 42 before it continues its suit.

In a document filed January 2, Crytek now seeks to reschedule the trial to October 13 when Squadron 42 is expected to have launched.

“Based on CIG’s responses to certain written discovery, which Crytek contends revealed new information regarding the ripeness of one of Crytek’s existing claims, Crytek wished to voluntarily dismiss its claims against CIG without prejudice, with the intention of refiling the suit against CIG following the release of Squadron 42 by CIG,” the court filing reads.


Crytek first sued the developer over a breach of contract last year when the studio reportedly began developing the two titles while only having a license to develop one. Cloud Imperium Games said at the time it had switched from CryEngine to Amazon's Lumberyard engine for Squadron 42.

“This case has been marked by a pattern of CIG saying one thing in its public statements and another in this litigation,” Crytek continues. “For example, at the outset of this case, CIG had publicly claimed it had switched to using the Lumberyard Engine for both Star Citizen and Squadron 42, but was forced to confirm during this litigation that no such switch had taken place.

“Should CIG release Squadron 42 as a standalone game, the case would be in exactly the same position it is currently. In short, granting Crytek’s voluntary dismissal now would do nothing more than allow Crytek’s Squadron 42 claim to ripen so that the parties can fully resolve the disputes between them in a single proceeding. Such a result is undoubtedly to the benefit of both the Court and the parties.”

Both companies have already discussed the possibility of voluntary dismissal of the suit but could not reach an agreement. Cloud Imperium has until January 24 to respond to Crytek’s motion to dismiss.

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