Crytek Forces PC Modder To Remove Crysis Photo Mode Mods

A screenshot from Crysis Remastered showing the player character holding a rocket launcher, targeting some enemies in the distance.

A popular PC modder who has created unofficial photo mods for various PC games has received a cease and desist letter for crisis Crytek developer. Now, after threats of legal action by the German studio, the modder has chose to remove the mods created for Crytek games from their Patreon page.

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Frans Bouma, a Dutch software engineer who creates photo mode mods for a variety of PC games, recently dedicated his talents to creating such mods for the remastered versions of meltdown 2 Y crises 3 on PC These mods allowed you to do what you expected: position the camera, adjust various settings, and take stunning photos while hiding on-screen elements like the HUD. The result is essentially a photo mode like those in games like the last of us part ii but created for a game that doesn’t actually include the feature.

Unfortunately, according to some of Bouma’s tweets on January 13, including one with a screenshot of the letter from a public relations manager at Crytek, the studio does not “permit modifications of these games under the terms of [the] EULA”. Bouma asked the studio to clarify how the mods violated either game’s end-user license agreement, being told that the “main issue” was that the photo mode mods were monetized.

“Technically any mod of a crysis remastered game is a violation of the EULA,” Crytek’s public relations manager told Bouma, in a letter that shared on his Patreon.

“I got a response that basically boils down to: ‘any mod is a violation of the EULA, remove it,'” Bouma tweeted.

When contacted for comment, Bouma said Kotaku via email that I was surprised by the developer’s response. Bouma, who has photo mode mods built for gaming such as A Plague Tale: Innocence, the devil may cry 5, NieR Replicant ver.1.22474487139, and others, said that not only did he not make any money from these specific mods, but he also received positive feedback from other developers for the work he has put into creating such impressive tools.

“I was surprised to receive a letter like that, which included legal threats about tools that add a photo mode and camera tools to a game, as it had only received positive reactions from game developers/studios so far,” Bouma said. “My tools add photo modes to games that don’t have them, so games are open to a large group of virtual photographers and video makers who post photos and videos of the games on social media/Flickr, it’s basically a form of free advertising for the games.

“After careful consideration, I decided to remove the tools to crises 2/3 remastered, for the reason that the alternative: fight them to the bitter end didn’t have a winning end result for me: if I won that battle, the end result would be that people would keep posting screenshots and videos, made with my tools , from their games to social networks, YouTube and Flickr. Removing them would also remove that benefit to them for their games.”

We’ve reached out to Crytek for comment and will update if we hear back.

A Crytek Community Manager took to Reddit to apologize everyone, including Bouma, for how the “initial message led to a misunderstanding.” The studio also said it appreciates the support it receives from the community and confessed that it “should have approached the situation differently.”

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While Crytek hasn’t made headlines recently, the developer used to create controversy in court due to allegedly not pay employees, abruptly closing five of his studios, Y suing star citizen developer Cloud Imperium Games for breach of contract and violation of their copyright. The studio eventually released the Crysis Trilogy in October, a remastered pack of the three first-person shooters that somehow they look even better than before

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