Crytek Forces PC Modder To Remove Crysis Photo Mode Mods

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

A popular PC modder who created unofficial photo modes for various PC games has been hit with a cease and desist letter by Crysis Crytek developer. 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 page.

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Francois Bouma, a Dutch software engineer who creates photo mode mods for an assortment of PC games, has recently turned his talents to creating such mods for the remastered versions of Crysis 2 and Crysis 3 on PC. These mods allowed you to do what you expected: position the camera, adjust various settings, and take great photos while hiding on-screen elements such as the HUD. The result is essentially a photo mode like those in games such as The Last of Us Part II but designed for a game that doesn’t actually 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 public relations 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 either game’s End User License Agreement, and was told the “main issue” was that 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 he shared on his Patreon.

“I received 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 he was shocked by the developer’s response. Bouma—who has build photo mode mods for games 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 those specific mods, but also that he received positive feedback from other developers for the work he did creating such awesome tools.

“I was shocked to receive such a letter, including legal threats regarding tools that add a photo mode and camera tools to a game, as I had only received positive feedback from the game developers/studios so far,” Bouma said. “My tools add photomodes to games that don’t have them so the games are open to a large group of virtual photographers and videographers who post photos and videos of the games on social media/Flickr, it’s basically a means of free publicity for the Games.

“After careful consideration, I have decided to remove the tools for Crysis 2/3 remastered, for the reason that the alternative: fight them to the end didn’t have a winning end result for me: if I won this battle, the end result would be that people would still post screenshots and videos , made with my tools, of their games on social networks, YouTube and Flickr. Removing them would also remove this advantage for them for their games.

We have reached out to Crytek for comment and will update if we receive a response.

A Crytek Community Manager took to Reddit to apologize to 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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Although Crytek hasn’t made headlines lately, the developer used to court controversy due to alleged not paying employees, suddenly closure of five of its studios, and to chase star citizen Cloud Developer Imperium Games for breach of contract and copyright infringement. The studio finally released the Crysis Trilogy in October, a remastered pack of the three first-person shooters that somehow look even better than before.

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