The Common Unreal Unlocker is a mod created by Frans “Otis_Inf” Bouma that brings a robust picture mode to an extended record of Unreal Engine four video games. It's a genuinely spectacular piece of software program that permits videogame photographers to seize pictures far past standard screenshots. Final 12 months he additionally created related, separate mods for Crysis Remastered 2 and three, which he supplied (together with the newest model of UUU) by means of his Patreon. However these Crysis mods are now not accessible: Crytek has requested Bouma to take them down.
The takedown request got here from Crytek PR supervisor Adam Grinsell, who instructed Bouma that the EULAs for each video games don’t permit for mods. Due to that, Grinsell requested that Bouma “take away the mods out of your Patreon web page, and wherever else they seem for availability.” He additionally warned that in the event that they weren't taken down inside seven days, the matter can be referred to Crytek's authorized division.
Bouma pushed again, mentioning that the mod is constructed completely on his personal code and makes no use of Crytek-owned belongings of any variety. And that is the place issues obtained complicated: Grinsell replied to say that “the primary challenge with the software program is that it’s monetizes, due to this fact we request that you simply take away the paywall,” a reference to the truth that the Crysis Remastered picture mode mods are solely accessible to Patreon subscribers, at costs starting from $6.50 to $63.50 per thirty days.
The dispute finally got here to the eye of Reddit, main Crytek to apologize for its mishandling of the scenario. “The preliminary message led to a misunderstanding, and now we have apologised to the modder for this,” Crytek PR supervisor Utku Çakır wrote. “We actually recognize all of the help we obtain from the neighborhood, however we additionally must stability this with defending our copyright. It may be a difficult stability to strike, and in hindsight we must always have approached the scenario in another way.”
Regardless of the apology, Crytek's base place remained unchanged: It insisted Bouma both give the Crysis Remastered picture mode mods away to everybody, or take them down completely. Given no selection, Bouma has opted for the latter.
“As I don't have the time nor the power to struggle them over this, plus having the instruments up would solely profit them as individuals would submit photographs of their recreation on social media and different websites, I've determined to drag the instruments and never make them public once more,” he wrote on Patreon. “I do know it hurts for the individuals who wish to use the instruments in Crysis 2 and Crysis three remastered. To them, I'm sorry. I labored greater than every week on these instruments and I'd like to maintain them up but it surely's solely benefiting Crytek if I do, and due to this fact they're gone.”
Unsurprisingly, Bouma additionally stated he gained't be engaged on picture mode mods for every other Crytek video games sooner or later.
However Crytek being Crytek, they cannot assist themselves and must shoot themselves in their very own toes. If I’ve to drag my Crytek 2/three remastered photomode mods, which simply add a photomode to those video games, I’ll however I am going to by no means create a customized photomode for any crytek recreation ever once moreJanuary 13, 2022
It's a disgrace the mod is gone, however the dispute additionally highlights probably bigger questions for different Patreon-supported mod makers. Very usually, recreation firms have a tendency to not sweat mods an excessive amount of so long as no one's making a living on them, and can generally even grant them an official blessing: Set up 01, for example, is a fan-made Halo recreation that was given a non-commercial license, contingent on the builders by no means accepting any form of cash for the work—not even donations. Bouma's monetization of his work was overt, and despite the fact that his level about it being completely his code could also be legitimate, it doesn't imply a lot if he's not keen to contest the purpose in court docket—and understandably, that's one thing most particular person mod makers can't or gained't do.
I've reached out to Crytek for remark and can replace if I obtain a reply.