No Man's Sky accused of patent infringement


No Man's Sky accused of patent infringement

With No Man’s Sky’s release rapidly approaching, you might think that there would be no more time for more drama, but you’d be wrong. Hello Games has been accused of patent infringement.

Dutch research company Genicap claims that Hello Games has utilised its mathematical formula to procedurally generate No Man’s Sky’s universe. Its “superformula” was developed by plant geneticist Johan Gielis who used it to describe a variety of natural forms, including snowflakes, crystals, and starfish using a computer mathematics formula.

The company points to quotes from Hello Games’ Sean Murray who mentions the superformula in an article from The New Yorker magazine in May, 2015.

Genicap told MMO Games that it simply wants to speak to Hello Games about licensing software using the superformula for use in game development. But it warns, “If Hello Games used our technology, at some stage we will have to get to the table.”

If infringement is found to have taken place, a lawyer from Genicap says that they expect compensation and that “distribution should be halted.”

No Man’s Sky is currently slated for release on August 10. Hello Games is yet to comment on this incident.

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