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News Developers talk about UE3 lawsuit

Discussion in 'Article Discussion' started by Tim S, 24 Jul 2007.

  1. Tim S

    Tim S Well-Known Member

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    The_Pope Geoff Richards Super Moderator

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    I find it curious that UE3 is NOT "the best at any one thing" - because it looks pretty farking amazing to me. Aside from Cry Engine 2, what else would provide better visuals??
     
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    Project Offset. By a long, long, loooooong way is better looking than Crysis AND UT3 IMO. Shame it won't be out for ages.
     
  4. MiT

    MiT Don't feed me after midnight!! nom

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    Some game developers can "borrow/pay" for code of each other? sorry for a naive question but stuff like this is a bit new to me.
     
  5. Tim S

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    Yep, engine licensing has happened for ages. :)

    Half-Life, for example, was built on a heavily modified version of the Quake engine.
     
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    MiT Don't feed me after midnight!! nom

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    aahhh ok, so its like out-sourcing then. Saves money, cost, and time. Makes sense.
     
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    Well, Half-Life is an unusual case. They bought the Quake2 engine IIRC and then found out it was crap and rewrote the entire thing, turning it into GoldSRC. But yes, engine buying goes on all the time.

    Vampire The Masquerade: Bloodlines? Built on the Source engine which was made for Half-Life 2. So was Sin: Episodes and Dark Messiah: Might and Magic and The Ship. Just a few examples.
     
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    So they're complaining that Epic used license fee money to either progress development on, or advertise GoW? Once they'd paid, the money was Epics to use as they saw fit. Whether they got decent support and received code updates on a regular basis is a different matter, and that should be the crux of the lawsuit.

    Maybe I'll sue SK once I've bought their game and claim that they misused the money I paid...
     
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    The issue is probably related to misrepresentation on the status of the engine, EPIC probably demoed a few selective things that worked to wow a customer, told them about the other great things the engine could/would do and told SK it would be ready by some date which they have widly missed, got them to sign up based on what they could provide and then when SK needed the finished product EPIC were nowhere near finished.

    Its not unusual behavior from a software vendor. SK not being top of the pile in EPICs eyes means that they get next to no support as customers with fatter wallets take precedence, we get that a lot being a small company.
     
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    DougEdey I pwn all your storage

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    Take it fwiw, but I actually know a few guys at Silicon Knights. From what I can gather, the truth, as usual, lies somewhere in the middle. When working with licensed engines, there can be some bumps along the way. It would seem that UE3 was particularly troublesome. Since the engine was a work in progress, features were not added in a timely manner, and were behind schedule. As Too Human had it's own schedule, they often had to "fill in the gaps" themselves, implementing the features that Epic/UE3 was behind on. This isn't that uncommon in the industry though, and that alone, while unfortunate, isn't usually enough to bring a lawsuit. However, the fact that Too Human received such a poor showing at E3, and this was largely a result of the problems in retrofitting the changing UE3 engine, left a bad taste in SK mouth. That coupled with the fact that Epic's own game, Gears of War, didn't seem to be having any of those problems, didn't sit too well with Dennis Dyack and co. It would seem that working on Two games (Gears of War and Unreal Tournament 3), where Gears had it's own deadlines imposed by publisher Microsoft, made it so that Epic was stretched too thin, and UE3 was somewhat neglected. I don't think this was done out of malice, they definitely didn't want to screw Too Human over, however they bit off more than they can chew and chose to focus more on their own games, and worry about the engine later.

    The whole point of licensing an engine is to save yourself the work of making your own, to save yourself time. With the amount of "filling in the gaps" Too Human has had to do, SK feels like they have almost made their own engine, which obviously defeats the entire point of licensing. Other shops have had to do this also, but they don't feel as burned as SK because of the whole E3 showing. Their case looks to have merit, although it is fueled by some "sour grapes". Epic dropped the ball, to meet their own deadlines. Too Human got hit/hurt hard by that, because it too had deadlines. Which apparently was enough to spur a lawsuit, as most other developers wouldn't bother because it's too much of a hassle.

    The funny/sad part of it all, is that in a way the blame can somewhat be placed on Microsoft. They gave Epic the Gears of War Release deadline, which meant they had to focus more on that game to get it ready for release. Microsoft also made Too Human be demo'd at E3, which caused the game to get panned by all who saw it, upsetting Silicon Knights enough to feel that a lawsuit is justified. Ultimately I have to wonder if this industry wouldn't be better off without publishers at all :/

    Aggies
     
  12. DougEdey

    DougEdey I pwn all your storage

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    aggies11: I personally thought it looked good, but i haven't ever heard of it and it didn't make me think "i want this game", there was no kind of narrative or setting, unlike mass effect where you had voice overs.

    To be honest, the trailer just told you that there was a murderer around, why the hell did a huge robot attack the pub? Why did they guy not finish him off? What the hell is it about?

    Pass this on to the guys at SK as feedback. It was a poor showing because there's nothing there, not because of the game looks.
     
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    CardJoe HL1 was a heavily modified quake 1 engine not 2, and source is the same but with havok...
     
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    According to Raising The Bar, the official Half-Life 2 book, Source was made from scratch. Your right about HL1, but it was literally so modified that only some lighting code remained the same reportedly and is reffered to as goldSRC. There was a lot more added to GoldSRS than Havok to turn it into Source.
     
  15. DougEdey

    DougEdey I pwn all your storage

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    Just as a further addition to the main story (before Joe gets too distracted)

    a new game has been announced today The Scourge Project

    Four player co-op (seperate characters and stories), but the interesting point is this:

     
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    Yeah, by the time it comes out, those graphics will probably be par for the course. :)

    I also have to say that while I was extremely impressed at first, the GDC dragon video confused me. From what I could tell, the dragon was amazingly detailed, but the surfaces shown in the video had drastically reduced detail. I could just have misinterpreted what I saw, of course.
     
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