Too Human Disappears from Xbox Live Marketplace

January 18, 2013 -

Too Human and content associated with the action RPG from Silicon Knights has apparently been pulled from Xbox Live Marketplace. While Microsoft has not officially confirmed why the game and related content was pulled, some are speculating that it could be related to the lawsuit that Silicon Knights lost against Unreal Engine maker Epic Games. While the product page for the game remains, the game is no longer available for purchase from Games on Demand, nor is the demo, gamer pics, and themes.

A twitter user named sacra first noted the disappearance of the game, according to Eurogamer.

A 2012 court ruling ordered Silicon Knights to "recall and destroy" games that it built using Epic's Unreal Engine 3 - including Too Human. The company had until December 10, 2012 to comply with the order. Silicon Knights used Unreal Engine 3 to build Too Human, The Box/Ritualyst, The Sandman, X-Men: Destiny, and Siren in the Maelstrom.

The court also instructed the developer to cease production of any games using the game engine technology, and to pay Epic $4.45 million in damages. All of this related to a court case it lost after a jury ruled in favor of Epic. The jury found that Silicon Knights breached their Unreal license agreement, misappropriated Epic's trade secrets and infringed Epic's copyrights in the Unreal Engine 3 code. It was a bad ending in a court battle that began way back in 2007.

Recent reports suggest that Silicon Knights is a ghost town, with only five employees remaining at the development studio, including president Denis Dyack.

Source: Eurogamer


Comments

Re: Too Human Disappears from Xbox Live Marketplace

Don't know why this is such a big deal.  Too Human has been considered one of the worst games ever released.  It should come as no surprise, then, if it was pulled by Xbox Live.

Yahtzee's review best described Too Human: "It's like walking down a wide road in the middle of nowhere, stopping every five steps to crack yourself in the eye with a hammer.

And the road is a million miles long.

And the hammer is made of wank."

Re: Too Human Disappears from Xbox Live Marketplace

Sounds like he must have been unable to actually enjoy the game because of the concussion. Too Human is an excellent game. I especially liked the control scheme and the dependence on speed and dodging.

Re: Too Human Disappears from Xbox Live Marketplace

I think that is what the issue is. It's to bad but I guess if you own those games you now have a hard to find collectible

Re: Too Human Disappears from Xbox Live Marketplace

Not by a longshot. To repeat what I said about this right after the lawsuit: Only unsold new copies are being recalled, and depending on each's store's exact process of buying stock even some of those will stay on shelves because they are legally owned and can't be involuntarily removed. All used copies are legally owned, even those on shelves and will stay on shelves.

As is the case with most games that have been out this long, there's a lot more used copies than new to begin with. The vast majority of Gamestop locations have multiple used copies of both recalled games in stock, even though a lot managed to sell out of new copies.

 
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