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Silicon Knights must recall, destroy X-Men Destiny and Too Human

Silicon Knights has been ordered to pay Epic Games more than $9 million dollars and destroy all unsold copies of its recent games. The ruling, reported by Gamasutra, came about after Silicon Knights' allegations in 2007 that Epic was deliberately sabotaging other developers' efforts to use its Unreal Engine 3. To say the beleaguered independent studio's claims backfired would be a gentle way of putting it.

A North Carolina district judge ruled in favor of Epic Games' countersuit, finding that Silicon Knights "repeatedly and deliberately copied significant portions of Epic Games's code containing trade secrets" to produce its own game engine, which it used for Too Human and X-Men Destiny. The judge ordered Silicon Knights to purge all offending code from its current engine, but the ruling didn't stop there.

Silicon Knights must recall and destroy all unsold copies of the two games, as well as all code for previously unannounced titles The Box/Ritualyst, The Sandman, and Siren in the Maelstrom. If you've ever been tempted to try out Too Human as a case study in unfulfilled potential, now's the time.

Silicon Knights has until December 21 to pay the $9.2 million (roughly half for damages and half covering Epic's legal costs) and comply with the rest of the instructions.

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17 comments

  • Z-man427 - November 9, 2012 2:30 p.m.

    Too Human was one of the most poorly implemented games ever. Mapping attacks to a thumbstick? What idiot thought of that?
  • angelusdlion - November 10, 2012 5:27 p.m.

    The same idiot who thought it wold be a good idea in death by degrees?
  • ultimatepunchrod - November 9, 2012 3:27 p.m.

    Wow. That's why you don't mess with Epic games, especially when you're as shoddy as Silicon Knights.
  • jake-shapiro - November 9, 2012 3:59 p.m.

    Is Too Human an interesting-enough failure to warrant purchase?
  • Child Of Death - November 9, 2012 4:04 p.m.

    It was an interesting idea and the story seemed interesting as well but the game was so buggy and glitchy and the gameplay was just shit in general. Youre better off just ignoring it.
  • Child Of Death - November 9, 2012 4:02 p.m.

    And thats what you get for being greedy assholes, messing with Epic, and making shitty games.
  • CrashmanX - November 9, 2012 4:20 p.m.

    And suddenly both of those games became worth a lot of money to collectors.
  • Hobogonigal - November 9, 2012 6:58 p.m.

    You know that saying when someone punches you, you can punch them back twice as hard. I think Epic hit back 9.2 million times as hard.
  • bass88 - November 9, 2012 7:05 p.m.

    "Man, fuck Too Human! Stupid fucking game! I can't believe I paid for this shit! Christ, was Eternal Darkness 2 too much to ask for!?!" Two years after ruling "Man, Too Human was such underrated game. It had it's issues but the ambition and love pouring out of every frame allowed you to overlook the flaws. What? You didn't buy it when it came out? Shame. I bought mine when it came out. I always go for the more interesting games instead of the COD clones. Too bad you didn't get it because it's rare nowadays and very expensive." Mark my words, you will hear the above boring conversation in the future.
  • Apastron - November 10, 2012 5:29 a.m.

    This lawsuit is the last reason that these games should be recalled and destroyed...
  • J-spit - November 10, 2012 7:49 a.m.

    Remember when Silicon Knights was a promising up and coming development house? Pepridge Farm remembers.
  • mikaaisu - November 11, 2012 7:07 a.m.

    It's great that Epic Games won the lawsuit; but won't recalling and destroying it's two most recent games, plus paying Epic 9.2 Million end up bankrupting Silicon Knights? I've not been a fan of their games, but it would be sad to see another developer close it's doors, especially over something like this.
  • talleyXIV - November 11, 2012 4:22 p.m.

    Wow, they got boned.... HARD
  • wheresmymonkey - November 12, 2012 2 a.m.

    That sucks. The hate here goes to show that a studio is only as good as its last game. Last gen Silicaon Knights made two of the best games on the ol' GC. Eternal Darkness and MGS: Twin Snakes.
  • Boonehams - November 12, 2012 7:55 a.m.

    And nothing of value was lost.

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