No Man’s Sky devs meeting with Dutch company to discuss patent claims
Eurogamer reached out to Sparrow today to find out how the situation currently stands, and things aren’t looking dire, so that’s good.
“There have been several sources and people (Sean Murray himself, among others) who have indicated more or less directly that the Superformula has been used,” he said.
“Yesterday Sean Murray invited us for a cup of coffee at Hello Games in order for him to clarify things. We will certainly do that.”
From Sean Murray's Twitter:
No Man's Sky doesn't actually use this "superformula" thing or infringe a patent. This is a non-story... everybody chill
I wish Johan Gielis, the author, all the best in future. We're going to meet and chat maths once the game is out
I first seen it here...
Dutch Company Claims it Owns No Man's Sky World Generation Formula
Found the article here...
According to the Telegraaf the Dutch company has invented what it calls a "superformula". The company claims that its formula is similar to the one used in No Man's Sky even though the company has never seen the game's source code. The game uses a formula that factors in the player's position in order to accurately and reliably generate the world around the player.
In the newspaper a representative of the company says it has tried to seek contact with the developer of the game, Hello Games, many times but says its requests for contact have been ignored ever since.
It is not surprising that the No Man's Sky developer has chosen to ignore the claims of the Dutch company. The formula that is used in the game is a custom built algorithm that is not closely related to the formula of the Dutch company. Both formulas are most likely based on the original Lamé Curves that was first discussed by Gabriel Lamé in 1818.
Ruzie over formule super-game
Anyone who speaks Dutch can translate with Laymen's?
A little rundown:
I'll give it a shot:
Eindhoven - While the whole world is under the spell of Pokemon Go, diehard gamers are feverishly anticipating No Man's Sky. However, a Dutch patent might cause the game to never reach stores.
An inexhaustible planetary system where the gamer can give names to plants and animals in the role of a space explorer might not sound very interesting to the average person, but for hardcore gamers expectations are sky-high.
When developer Hello Games delayed the game in june, some gamers couldn't handle it. Developer Sean Murray was even threatened by angry fans. "Gamers are very passionate people", explains game reviewer Jan Meijroos.
The fans' patience will be put to the test once again. The base of the near-infinite planetary system is a superformula developed by the Dutch company Genicap. Inquiry finds that Genicap has never given permission to use this formula.
"We haven't provided a license to Hello Games", states Jeroen Sparrow from the company, who emphasizes that the licensing system is put in place to protect its customers. "We don't want to stop the launch, but if the formula is used we'll need to have a talk."
Sean Murray confirmed in an interview with Business Insider in February that the planetary system was generated by the superformula. Sparrow denies that any contact occured with the two companies. "We are in the process of creating a game based on the superformula. It would be great if we could trade knowledge with Hello Games. We tried to contact them but didn't get any response."
According to IT-lawyer Arnoud Engelfriet this matter could cause a great problem for distributor Sony. "If there's indeed an infringement of the patent, there'll be a financial compensation and distribution will have to be ceased." Sony has not responded.
Procedurally close if you have a Ruzie with this.
Here is the article were the Superformula is mention it is at the bottom about 24 paragraphs down. The article in the OP doesn't mention the company nor does the original article from telegraaf.nl but after some googling I found this company Genicap that is co-owned by Johan Gielis who discovered the formula. Johan Gielis does have some patents that reference the formula but I know nothing of patents so I don't know if the patents can be used against No Man's Sky although there is something called the idea–expression divide that might protect Hello Games.