Published on July 20th, 2007 | by Deejay Knight, Editor/Founder4
Silicon Knights taking aim at Epic Games
Talk about getting off on the wrong foot!
If you haven’t heard the news yet, Silicon Knights – developers of Eternal Darkness and Metal Gear Solid: Twin Skakes, are suing Epic Games, creators of the Unreal Engine.
It appears that Silicon Knights’ reasons for the suit are that they didn’t receive a functional version of the engine until November of 2006, which was “far too late for time and cost-sensitive projects like SK’s videogames.” This late delivery is, as Silicon Knights is concerned, the reason for the game’s bad showing at E3 2006.
Long story short, they believe that Epic used the licensing money to make Gears of War, while apparently not offering as much support as should be expected from such a deep engine. Right now, they seem to be removing the engine from Too Human due to the lawsuit.
This is a weird one, not only because I have no idea how to work the Unreal Engine, making any conclusions I come to groundless, but also because Epic makes both the Unreal Engine and games using the Unreal Engine. That places them firmly between a rock and a hard place in this lawsuit.
In my opinion, I’d think that they would take at least some of those funds and work on their games, then release a mass update to the Unreal engine with the tweaks they were able to figure out while working with the engine on their own titles.
This doesn’t seem the case though, so the only thing to do is wait this one out. Silicon Knights still seem hopeful that this will be resolved out of court, and for the sake of Too Human and Epic’s reputation, I do too.
Silicon Knights Suing Epic Games [GameDaily BIZ]