Universal Unreal Unlocker is a mod created by Frans “Otis_Inf” Bouma that brings a powerful photo mode to the long list of Unreal Engine 4 games. It’s a truly impressive piece of software that enables video game photographers to capture images that go far beyond traditional screenshots.Last year, he also created similar standalone mods for Crysis Remastered 2 and 3, which he created through his Patron. But those Crysis mods are no longer available: Crytek has asked Bouma to remove them.
This delete request From Crytek PR manager Adam Grinsell, who told Bouma that neither game’s end-user license agreement allows for modding. Because of this, Grinsell asked Bouma to “remove mods from your Patreon page and anywhere else they appear for use.” He also warned that if they didn’t take it down within 7 days, the matter would be referred to Crytek’s law Department.
Bouma countered that the mod was built entirely on his own code and did not use any type of assets owned by Crytek. Here’s where things get confusing: Grinsell replies “The main problem with this software is that it’s monetized, so we’re asking you to remove the paywall”, which is a response to the Crysis Remastered photo mode mod only Patreon subscribers can do To use, prices range from $6.50 to $63.50 per month.
Controversy finally gets attention Reddit, leading Crytek to apologise for its mishandling. “The initial message led to a misunderstanding and we have apologized to the modders for that,” wrote Crytek PR manager Utku Çakır. “We are very grateful for all the support we have received from the community, but we must also protect our copyrights and protect copyrights. Striking a balance. Striking that balance can be a tricky one, and in hindsight, we should have approached the situation differently.”
Despite the apology, Crytek’s basic stance remains the same: it insists that Bouma will either give Crysis Remake’s photo mode mods to everyone, or cancel them entirely. With no other choice, Bouma chose the latter.
“Since I don’t have the time or energy to fight them, and having these tools will only benefit them as people post screenshots of their games on social media and other sites, I’ve decided to remove these tools and not make them public again ,” he wrote on Patreon. “I know people who want to use these tools in Crysis 2 and Crysis 3 Remake are suffering. For them, I’m sorry. I’ve been working on these tools for over a week and I’d love to Keep using them, but if I do it will only benefit Crytek, so they’re gone.”
Unsurprisingly, Bouma also stated that he will not be developing photo mode mods for any other Crytek games in the future.
But Crytek is Crytek, they couldn’t help themselves and had to bring their own shame. If I had to pull out my Crytek 2/3 remastered photomode mods, it just added a photomode to these games, I would, but I’ll never create a custom photomode for any crytek games againJanuary 13, 2022
Sadly, the mod is gone, but the controversy also highlights a bigger problem that other Patreon-backed mod makers may be facing. Very commonly, as long as no one is making money on them, game companies tend not to sweat the mods too much, and sometimes even give them an official blessing: For example, Install 01 is a fan-made Halo game that Being given a non-commercial license depends on the developer never accepting money for work of any kind – not even donations. Bouma’s monetization of his work is public, and while his point that it’s all his code may be valid, it doesn’t make much sense if he’s not willing to challenge it in court — and understandably so , which is something most individual mod makers can’t or won’t do.
I’ve reached out to Crytek for comment and will update if I hear back.