Unreal Engine 3, Half-Baked, Broken and Late?

At Sony's E307 presser, Jack Tretton stood on stage, announced Epic's Unreal Tournament III as a PS3 exclusive and said that Sony was working closely with Epic to "adjust" the Unreal Engine for the PS3 so that it reaches the "best of its potential."

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Lord Anubis4108d ago (Edited 4108d ago )

things will get ugly. really fast.

Silicon Knights' Allegations, Desired Results?

The final part of the lawsuit describes the specific charges Silicon Knight is making, including Fraud/Fraudulent Inducement, Negligent Misrepresentation, Intentional Interference with Contractual Relations, Intentional Interference With Prospective Economic Advantage, Breach of Warranty, offences under the North Carolina Unfair and Deceptive Trade Practices Act, Common Law Unfair Competition, Unjust Enrichment, Rescission or Reformation of Alleged Contract, and Breach of Contract, as well as Declaratory Relief.

It then asks for the following to be ruled: "(1) the Agreement between Epic and Silicon Knights for a license to the Engine is null and void; (2) Silicon Knights owes no obligations to Epic under any purported agreement by Silicon Knights to license the Engine; (3)
Silicon Knights is not required to use the Engine in developing any current or future games; (4) Silicon Knights may alter the Engine without restriction; (5) Silicon Knights is under no obligation to disclose or share any alterations Silicon Knights makes or causes to be made to the Engine with anyone, including Epic."

It continues: "(6) Silicon Knights owes no monetary or other obligations to Epic and/or any of its business partners associated with the agreement to license the Engine; (7) the game engine developed by Silicon Knights is totally independent of the Unreal Engine 3 and therefore is the sole property of Silicon Knights, or, alternatively, the game engine developed by Silicon Knights constitutes an “Enhancement” under the terms of the Agreement, and therefore is the sole property of Silicon Knights under the terms of that Agreement; and (8) Silicon Knights owes no obligations, financial or otherwise, to Epic in connection with and/or related to the Silicon Knights Engine."

The document then asks that "The Court award damages to Silicon Knights in an amount proved at trial for the damages as set forth above", and that "Epic be required to disgorge all profits obtained on its Gears of War game as a result of the misconduct set forth above."

Microsoft, Silicon Knights' Reactions

Silicon Knights' Denis Dyack, when reached for comment by industry site GameDaily BIZ, noted: "We stand behind everything in our complaint and believe it is highly unfortunate that Epic forced us into this situation. We would rather spend our time focusing on making great games, but as stated in our complaint, Epic simply refuses to acknowledge the inadequacies of the Unreal Engine 3 code it provides to its licensees, and refuses to accept the fact that its code has caused serious damage not only to Silicon Knights, but a number of other developers in the industry. We look forward to successful resolution of our claims in this court proceeding."

A statement subsequently released to Gamasutra by Silicon Knights added: "Denis Dyack, President and Founder of Silicon Knights, explained, “Our strong preference is to focus on making games, not be in court. Unfortunately though, as explained in our lawsuit, we have had extensive problems with the Unreal Engine 3 that Epic has been unwilling or unable to rectify. For more than a year, we have been trying to reach an agreement with Epic to resolve these issues without resorting to litigation, but were unable to come to reasonable terms with Epic. Regrettably, we are now forced to go to court in order to achieve satisfaction. We remain hopeful, however, that we can reach a reasonable business resolution with Epic at some point.”"

Gamasutra also received an official statement from Microsoft regarding the lawsuit, which occurs between two of the major developers that are currently publishing games via the firm. However, it simply states: "Microsoft is not involved in or a party to this litigation, therefore has no comment."]

Maddens Raiders4108d ago

This is nearly unfathomable. WTH Epic!?!?!

Rythrine4108d ago

Imo, I think Epic don't want to be outdone by other developers with their own engine.

DJ4108d ago

but after the substantial evidence and extensive list of games utilizing Unreal Engine 3 that have been delayed numerous times, I can't help but agree that something is definitely going on with Epic. The fact that Sony had to send its top engineers to Epic Games in order to fix the PS3 version of Unreal Engine 3 shows that either (a) Epic intentionally kept its licensees in the dark or (b) said company was simply too small to assist the dozens of publishers/developers utilizing the engine.

The issue most likely stems from another issue-> Unreal Engine was originally designed on PC architecture, and trying to squeeze x86 code onto Cell's SPU architecture was probably not the best idea. Numerous PS3 developers have stated that they built their engines from scratch because porting any sort of code from either PCs or Xbox 360 just wasn't working.

ShiftyLookingCow4108d ago

When you first look at it, everyone including you, me and Industry loves Epic, they made great games and Silicon Knights only showed a couple of videos of a game delayed from PS era, you think SK is just lazy. But after reading the detailed claims and a number of UE3 based game delays that don't seem coincidental, maybe there is more to it.

Anything but Cute4108d ago

That UT3 will be out for PS3 in November, and it's gonna rock. I don't know what these lawsuits have anything to do with the game.

Rythrine4108d ago (Edited 4108d ago )

Well the reason why UT3 is right on schedule is because Sony is working close with Epic for the game. As for Silicon Knights, Epic screwed them by not supporting them to optimize the UE3 to run smoothly, thus the lawsuit.

Staircase4108d ago

Hopefully this won't effect the games currently in production by Epic, and other companies using UE3.

ShiftyLookingCow4108d ago

As Kotaku points out, a lot have been delayed

XENOCIDE4108d ago

it's safe to say it already has.

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