Crytek's lawsuit against Cloud Imperium Games on the grounds of contract breach has taken an unexpected turn. On 2 January 2020, the plaintiff filed a new document asking for dismissal without prejudice and a re-schedule.
Cloud Imperium Games and Crytek have been feuding since December 2017. Back in 2017, the publishing company behind the Crysis series have filed a suit against the team behind Star Citizen in a California court.
In the suit, Crytek - the company that also develops the CryEngine - said that Cloud Imperium Games and Roberts Space Industries broke the terms of their licensing agreement. The agreement was for CIG to hold a license and develop one game using the CryEngine.
Seeing how both Star Citizen and Squadron 42 are in development by CIG, Crytek sued on the grounds of contract breach. The plaintiff - Crytek and the defendant - CIG are currently in the process of discovery, which simply put, means that they are interviewing each others' CEOs and employees in preparation for the upcoming trial.
The latest development in the case happened on 2 January 2020 when a new document was filed by Crytek. The document contains two points. The first point is to re-schedule the trial to 13 October 2020.
The second point is information on Crytek's motion to voluntarily dismiss its claims against CIG without prejudice, with the intention of filing the suit against CIG following the release of Squadron 42. This is based on "CIG’s responses to certain written discovery, which Crytek contends revealed new information regarding the ripeness of one of Crytek’s existing claims".
Ripeness means that, for the time being, CIG has done nothing wrong until they release Squadron 42 and it is unclear whether the game will be released in the near future.
This ties into the "without prejudice" part of the document as that means that the case will be voluntarily dismissed by Crytek but can be tried at a later date - when Squadron 42 launches.
All this considered, the first point makes a lot more sense, as Crytek probably received documents and evidence from CIG that leads them to believe that Squadron 42 will not be released by 13 October - seeing how the entire thing depends on the game actually being released.
Star Citizen is considered released for the purpose of the lawsuit, and you can read the Joint Stipulation right here .
This may not come as a surprise to anyone who closely follows Squadron 42's development, as many didn't expect the game to see the light of day in 2020. If the motion to dismiss without prejudice goes through, however, we might not see SQ42 for years to come.