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Lawsuit could have serious ramifications for the already delayed games

Crytek, maker of the CryEngine game engine, is suing the team behind Star Citizen for breach of contract. This lawsuit, filed in U.S. district court in California, has the potential to disrupt development of a game that is already more than five years in development and has yet to deliver on many promises to its backers.

The complaint names Cloud Imperium Games (CIG) and Roberts Space Industries (RSI) as the defendants. Both companies were co-founded by Chris Roberts, the creator of the Wing Commander franchise.

As we explained in October, the Star Citizen project is actually an effort to create two unique AAA-quality games: an online multiplayer game referred to as the Persistent Universe and a single-player game called Squadron 42. Crytek said in its lawsuit that in continuing to use the CryEngine 3 for both products, CIG and RSI are in breach of contract.

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