Earlier this year developer Silicon Knights was hit with a heavy legal loss, when in May, Epic Games received $4.45M in damages and was found victorious in its case against Silicon Knights.
Silicon Knights claimed that the Developer had been “sabotaging efforts by Silicon Knights and others to develop their own video games”. These claims came when Silicon Knights released their action-RPG “Too Human” to poor critical reception, and stated that the Unreal Engine 3 was the cause of several mishaps during the development cycle.
Now Silicon Knights has been ordered by the court to remove and destroy any and all of Epic’s “Unreal” technology from their own proprietary game engine, and they must destroy all of the previous iterations of their own Silicon Knights engine. Additionally Silicon Knights “…must recall and destroy all unsold copies of its Too Human and X-Men: Destiny titles, and must destroy any code done on the unreleased (and until now, unannounced) titles The Box/Ritualyst, The Sandman, and Siren in the Maelstrom.”, once they have completed this Epic Games will be allowed to “independently verify that Silicon Knights’s game engine no longer contains any of Epic Games’s Licensed Technology,”.
It is believed that at this time Silicon Knights consists of , at most five employees, which would bring up the question “How will they stay afloat?”. Silicon Knights currently owes Epic Games a total of $9.2 million.