A popular PC mod who created unofficial photo modes for several PC games has been hit with a shutdown letter crysis developer crytek. Now, after threats of legal action from the German studio, the modder chose to remove the mods he made for Crytek games from his Patreon page.
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Frans Bouma, a Dutch software engineer who creates photo mode mods for a range of PC games, recently used his talents to create such mods for the remastered versions of crysis 2 and crysis 3 on pc. These mods allowed you to do what you would expect – position the camera, adjust various settings and take stunning photos while hiding elements on the screen, such as the HUD. The result is essentially a photo mode like the ones in games like The Last Of Us Part II but built for a game that doesn’t really include the feature.
Unfortunately, according to a few tweets from Bouma on January 13, including: one with a screenshot of the letter from a Crytek PR manager, the studio “does not allow mods of these games under the terms of [the] EULA.” Bouma asked the studio for clarification on how the mods violated the end-user license agreement for both games, and was told the “main issue” was monetization of the photo mode mods.
“Technically any mod from a Crysis remastered game is a violation of the EULA,” Crytek’s PR manager told Bouma, in a letter he shared on his Patreon.
“I got an answer that basically comes down to ‘any mod is 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 photo mode mods for games like A plague story: innocence, Devil May Cry 5, NieR Replicant ver.1.22474487139, and others – said that not only did he not make any money on these particular mods, but also that he has received positive feedback from other developers for the work he has done to create such impressive tools.
“I was shocked to receive such a letter, including legal threats about tools that add a photo mode and camera tools to a game, as I’ve only received positive responses from game developers/studios so far,” said Bouma. “My tools add photo modes to games that they don’t have, so the games are opened up to a large group of virtual photographers and video creators who post photos and videos of the games on socials/Flickr. It’s basically a way of advertising the games for free .
“After careful consideration, I decided to use the tools for crysis 2/3 remastered, because the alternative: fight to the bitter end didn’t have a winning end result for me: if i won that fight, the end result would be people still posting screenshots and videos, taken with my tools, from their games to social media , YouTube and Flickr. Removing them will also take that advantage away from their games.”
We have reached out to Crytek for comment and will update if we hear anything.
A Crytek Community Manager went to reddit to apologize to everyone, including Bouma, for how the “original message led to a misunderstanding”. The studio also said it appreciates the community’s support and confessed that it “should have approached the situation differently”.
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