A popular PC modder that has created unofficial photo modes for various PC games has been hit by a discontinuation letter from Crysis developer Crytek. Now, after threats of legal action from the German studio, the modder has chose to remove mods he created for Crytek games from his Patreon side.
Frans Bouma, a Dutch software engineer who makes photo mode mods for a range of PC games, recently turned his talents into creating such mods for remastered versions of Crysis 2 and Crysis 3 on PC. These mods allowed you to do what you would expect: place the camera, adjust various settings and take great pictures while hiding elements on the screen like HUD. The result is mainly a photo mode that those in games such as The Last Of Us Part II but built for a game that does not actually include the feature.
Unfortunately, according to some of Bouma’s tweets on January 13, i.a. one with a screenshot of the letter from a Crytek PR manager does not allow the studio mods of these games under the terms of [the] EULA. “Bouma asked the studio for clarification on how mods violated the end-user license agreement for the two games, and was told that the” main issue “was that mods for photo mode made money.
“Technically, all the courage of one Crysis remastered the game is a violation of the EULA, says Crytek’s PR manager to Bouma in a letter like his shared on his Patreon.
“I got an answer that is basically about: ‘all modifications are a violation of the EULA, remove it'”, Bouma tweeted.
When reached for comment, Bouma said Kotaku via email that he was shocked by the developer’s response. Bouma – who has built-in modes for photo shooting mode For example A Plague Tale: Innocence, Devil May Cry 5, NieR Replicant ver.1.22474487139, and others – said that he not only made money on these specific mods, but also that he has received positive feedback from other developers for the work he has done in creating such impressive tools.
“I was shocked that I received such a letter, including legal threats about tools that add a photo mode and camera tools to a game, because I had only received positive reactions from game developers / studios so far,” said Bouma. “My tools add photo modes to games that do not have them so the games open up to a large group of virtual photographers and video creators who post pictures and videos of the games on socials / Flickr, it’s basically a way to advertise games for free.
“After careful consideration, I decided to remove the tools for Crysis 2/3 remastered, for the reason that the option: fight them to the bitter end did not give me a winning end result: if I were to win that battle, the end result would be that people would still upload screenshots and videos, made with my tools, of their games to social media, YouTube and Flickr. Removing them would also remove the benefit to them of their game. “
We have contacted Crytek for comments and will update if we hear back.
A Crytek community manager took to Reddit to apologize to everyone, including Bouma, for how “the original message led to a misunderstanding.” The studio also said that it appreciates the support it receives from society and acknowledged that it “should have approached the situation in a different way.”
Although Crytek has not made headlines recently, the developer used to court controversy due to alleged do not pay employees, suddenly closes five of its studios, and meeting Star Citizen developer Cloud Empire Games for breach of contract and infringement of its copyright. The studio finally released Crysis trilogy in October, a remastered package with all three first-person shooters as somehow looks even better than before.