Following a recent ruling, developer Silicon Knights must “recall and destroy” any and all unsold copies of any games of theirs built on the Unreal Engine 3 as well as “cease producing or distributing”. The games to be recalled are X-Men: Destiny, Too Human, The Sandman, Siren in the Maelstrom and The Box/Ritualyst. All recalls and destructions must be done at the expense of Silicon Knights.
On top of this, the developer must pay Epic Games an estimated sum of $9 million. $278,000 for court costs, $2.09 million lawyer fees and $2.3 million pre-judgement interest is all piled on top of a ruling beforehand from May stating that Silicon Knights owed Epic $4.45 million.
The ruling comes after Silicon Knights sued Epic games back in 2007 claiming that the Unreal Engine 3 didn’t work properly. Epic counter-sued four years later in 2011 and eventually won. However, the judge ruled that if Silicon Knights had won, then they would only be able to claim $1 per claim.
The Box/Ritualyst was cancelled, Siren in the Maelstrom was leaked in 2009 and The Sandman is likely a unannounced title.
Analog Addiction has reached out to Silicon Knights regarding the matter so we’ll let you know if we’re updated.
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