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Canadian developer Silicon Knights has been ordered to destroy source code and retail products created using Epic Games' Unreal Engine, legal documents posted on NeoGAF have revealed.

Back in May – following a five year row - Silicon Knights was ordered to pay Epic Games $4.45 million in damages for breaching their Unreal license agreement,

The unearthed document states that the developer has until December 10, 2012 to destroy all offending items, which includes source code for Too Human, The Box/Ritualyst, The Sandman, X-Men: Destiny and Siren in the Maelstrom. Offending games out in the wild must be recalled and destroyed.

Those on the look out for a bit of video game history may want to hunt down a copy of Too Human before prices on eBay soar.

Source: NeoGAF

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munkee

Wow! I'm surprised that nobody mentioned the severity of having to destroy the source code for these games. That's an awful punishment. Recalling the game and destroying published copies is understandable. But, having to destroy years of hard work completely from existence is heartbreaking. This is portfolio work and technical achievement for some of the people who worked on it. It's years of trial and error that they could have kept to study. Surely, this was an executive decision to use (abuse, rip-off?) Unreal. The coders and designers were unlikely to have done anything wrong?! Yet, they're being punished by having their work destroyed.
Posted 23:22 on 10 November 2012
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Bloodstorm

Absolutely agree, i love Norse mythology and this was a great setting, but, as you said the gameplay was just too simplistic.
Posted 13:25 on 09 November 2012
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Clockpunk

I rather enjoyed the setting of Too Human, and thought there were some really nice subtle touches that linked to more obscure parts of Norse mythology that those not especially familiar with the source material would not likely see/appreciate.

Alas, the gameplay was just a little too simplistic for my taste, but the underlying ideas were rather well developed.
Posted 13:16 on 09 November 2012
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Bloodstorm

Too Human was what i'd describe this generation of games, great in theory, horrendous in action.

When i returned my copy of Too Human to Gamestation a few years ago, this is what was said.....

Girl- "Can i guess why you got rid of it?" so i said

Me"Of course you can"

Girl- "Finished it too soon?"

Me- "Ha, no, game bored me and my partner to death, we turned it off after 30 minutes and stuck *insert whatever we had in common at the time*"
Posted 13:13 on 09 November 2012
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rbevanx

X-Men Desitny is such a terrible game!

Why can't there be a decent X-Men game like X-Men arcade again.
Posted 12:15 on 09 November 2012
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Wido

Still got Too Human myself. On the last part I think, but have no desire to finish it :(
Posted 12:08 on 09 November 2012
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FantasyMeister@ CheekyLee

Well if you want an £11.95 copy from Amazon it's there. (My review is the 3rd one down!) (Plug!)
Posted 10:37 on 09 November 2012
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CheekyLee@ FantasyMeister

Too Human only failed because of what it promised, or rather what Dyack promised us. Whilst the game itself didn't particularly appeal to me, what I played of it wasn't "bad" in any way, just a bit ... underwhelming. That being said, I am sure I could have ground my way right through, and will certainly be on the look out for it now!
Posted 10:35 on 09 November 2012
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FantasyMeister

I think they might appeal that one, they had so much trouble with the unfinished Unreal build that they were initially delivered that Silicon Knights rewrote sections of the engine to get the game working, the final engine was dubbed the Silicon Knights Engine and that's what Too Human shipped on.

But then I guess a judge's decision is final either way. Wonder if it'll affect multiplayer on Live? I still have my copy.
Posted 10:31 on 09 November 2012

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Technical Specs
Release Date: 01/10/2011
Developer: Silicon Knights
Publisher: Activision
Genre: Action
Rating: PEGI 16+
Site Rank: 2,608 2
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