The lights are on
The court battle between Epic Games and Silicon Knights isn't over quite yet. A new filing yesterday has ordered Silicon Knights to destroy all game code using Unreal Engine, which includes Too Human and X-Men Destiny, and unreleased projects The Box/Ritualyst, The Sandman, and Siren the Maelstrom.
The developer also must cease producing or distributing any games using Unreal Engine and must recall and destroy any unsold games at its own expense. Additionally, Epic Games' original $4.45 million award has been doubled to $9 million. Silicon Knights has until December 21 and again on February 21, 2013 to notify the court and Epic Games concerning its compliance of the injections.
"Epic Games appreciates the court's careful consideration of the motions and is gratified by the order," the company said in a statement. Silicon Knights declined to offer comment on the order.
[Source: NeoGAF via Joystiq]
damn they are mad fudged.
I wish these two greedy, idiotic companies just let it go already so the capable people in their retrospective parties can go and find better gaming jobs without all this backlash.
Well, that's a shocker.
not cool at all. code is what keeps a company alive, seems unfair to have epic have their lively hood destroyed.
does look like silicon knights will be laid to rest after this but hope that the creatives and teams start anew.
love to someone reinvent the too-human franchise.
I would say that this is a bit much, but I think they already crossed a certain line when they decided to blame Epic Games for how poorly these games did. I played a Demo for Too Human and just thought it was boring, people complained about how boring X-Men Destiny was as well. Is it a bit vindictive on the part of Epic Games? Probably, but It is a kind of tit for tat deal.
Rare to see such exstensive, across-the-board rulings.
Wow, that's very interesting. And that really sucks for Silicon Knights.
Wow that really sucks, I feel kinda bad. Talk about adding insult to injury. First they lose the case and have to pay an astronomical amount, and now being forced to destroy and cease production, ouch.