Silicon Knights Expanding in Face of Epic Lawsuit

Oh, has Too Human dated as well?

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Silicon Knights, the developer of upcoming Xbox 360 shooter Too Human, is nothing if not bullish. While a lawsuit against Epic relating to the licensing of Unreal Engine 3 rages, the company has said that it plans to expand.

The Canada-based developer has said that it plans to expand its staff, already 165 strong, by 80 members.

What the planned expansion of nearly 50% certainly does indicate is Silicon Knights' confidence in itself. Confident that it will soon have some of Epic Games' cash lining its pockets?

In related news, Too Human is rumoured to be seeing release in the States on June 5th. US retailer GameStop's website shows the date, as does its sister site, EB Games along with GameStop's newsletter, pictured above. You can read up on Too Human here.

In another Silicon Knights-related slip of news, the company is also listed as a partner in the Niagara Interactive Media Generator (which calls itself 'nGen' for short) which has just been launched by the Ontarian provincial government. The aim of the scheme, which is being subsidised to the tune of CAD$240,000 (121,500) by the national Ministry of Culture, is to encourage the growth of "interactive new media development", according to the Ontarian government.

"Niagara has always been an industrial city and that's starting to change", said Silicon Knights founder Denis Dyack. "We're going to start seeing things in this region that people are not used to."

Silicon Knights recently subpoenaed other Unreal Engine 3 licensees to obtain copies of their agreements with Epic for use in court. The developer wants to prove that Epic violated their agreement by failing to provide a fully working game engine.

Following the initial filing of the suit, Silicon Knights claimed that it had "created a new and better game engine" following the Unreal Engine 3's failure to deliver. Could the company have plans to line its coffers and fund its expansion by licensing its own technology?

The possibilities abound. What is clear is that the company's lawsuit isn't slowing it down too much.

Source: Welland Tribune
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SuperSaiyan4 31 Jan 2008 10:42
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I cant believe that this game along with others that have been shown for ages since last year still are a long way off.

I know all the games cant come out in the first couple of months but I wish they didnt show things too soon.
Sora 31 Jan 2008 11:02
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Ok Im a little confused here, can someone help me out?

Silicon Knights have been working on Too Human for frickin ages! the last game they released was twin snakes right? When was that 2004?

How the hell is Silicon Knights still able to pay there employees? I dont really know how games companies work but is Silicon Knights in major debt? Or is there publisher sorting all the payments out...then again whos publishing Too Human?....Im confused!....help!

Sora
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SuperSaiyan4 31 Jan 2008 11:45
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You know that is a very good point and the ones that are or were in the worst of it have to be 3Drealms *drum roll* Duke Nukem Forever...
deleted 31 Jan 2008 11:46
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Sora wrote:
Ok Im a little confused here, can someone help me out?

Silicon Knights have been working on Too Human for frickin ages! the last game they released was twin snakes right? When was that 2004?

How the hell is Silicon Knights still able to pay there employees? I dont really know how games companies work but is Silicon Knights in major debt? Or is there publisher sorting all the payments out...then again whos publishing Too Human?....Im confused!....help!

Sora


LOL it gets me as well, they must do other things for other companies, as since 1992 they have made 7 games, and that includes Too Human, but they must make money somehow, there last game was twin snakes and previous to that was Eternal Darkness(come on sequel) so maybe the informed spong team could answer this one?
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