Silicon Knights Must Destroy Unsold Games

Silicon Knights Must Destroy Unsold Games

In 2007, Silicon Knights sued Epic over issues with the Unreal Engine (that it was unfinished and, thus, sabotaged Silicon Knights’ work). Epic won the legal tussle earlier this year and was awarded US$4.45 million. The headaches for Silicon Knights don’t end there.

NeoGAF member Xenon noticed that page 41 of the court documents give Silicon Knights until December 10, 2012 to destroy any unsold software that was built with Unreal Engine 3. Those games include Too Human, The Box/Ritualyst, The Sandman, X-Men: Destiny and Siren in the Maelstrom. Unsold titles must also be recalled from retailers, with Silicon Knights picking up the tab.

As website Eurogamer points out, Silicon Knights must also end production and all distribution on those titles. Silicon Knights has to notify the court and Epic games by December 21 and then on February 21, 2013 on its compliance with these stipulations.

And like that, unopened copies of all these games just became collectors’ items.

Deathblow! Silicon Knights ordered to destroy all software with unreal code. [[email protected] via Eurogamer]


  • This seems like a bit of a dick move. One of my biggest problems with the industry is hard they can make it to buy older titles (particularly for consoles).

    • And now its being enforced by a court! What madness! God forbid I want to play this, why should I have to fork out for a heavily inflated price just because a US court decided to kick ’em while their down? RAAAAH.

      • Do you know the story of silicon knights? They were D-bags and got what they deserved, hard to feel sorry for them when they always have an excuse.

        • Oh, I know. It’s more because this is because it punishes someone who wants to play this game rather than the company itself. Imagine if this was imposed on a game you liked. Silicon Knights being a dick is kinda besides the point, I really don’t care about them. It’s because this is making a game much rarer that’s the problem. By “kick ’em while their down” I was referring to the fact they are already pretty much out of business.

        • FYI, I spend far too much time trying to find the games I want. The last game I bought was the last remaining EB had (or any Australian retailer for that matter), a second hand copy at a regional Northern Territory store. I live in Melbourne. :S Online it cost $160US and I couldn’t find any PAL copies. At least this one cost me $8.

          Tl;dr I like weird games and I don’t want something stupid like this to happen to any game.

          • The last hard to find game I ever bought was The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess on the GameCube. I live in South Australia and I found this copy in Queensland. The Wii version of the game was everywhere, naturally.

  • Blaming the engine because you make shit games is such a cheap cop-out. Sure its dated and looks like 2004, Sure it has terrible screen tearing and other huge limitations but that hasn’t stopped the hundreds of games released under said engine.

    Also to be a “Collectors Item” people actually want to buy it in the first place.

  • I work in games retail, and I can tell you that none of these titles you can get brand new anyway. They have been discontinued for quite some time now. If you really want to play them, I’m sure you would have by now, so why bitch? It’s not their entire catalogue of games, just the ones they used their modified unreal engine on.
    All these games are dirt cheep pre owned by now anyway, so yea… Why worry?

  • Oh, and I highly doubt they will become collectible items anyway. There are plenty out in the wild, so I don’t see this having any affect on their price on eBay.

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