As if the death knell hadn't already sounded for video game developer Silicon Knights, a judgment signed just two days ago in the legal battle between themselves and Epic Games pretty much indicates that they'll be completely wiped off the map. To make a long story short, the two companies were nipping at each other over the Unreal Engine that Epic licenses out to other developers, like Silicon Knights. Now, thanks to losing horrifically, Silicon Knights has been ordered to recall and destroy all unsold copies of Too Human, X-Men: Destiny, and more.
Unreal Engine 3
Today, during the Adobe Max 2011 event, Epic Game's Tim Sweeney made an interesting announcement pretty much out of left field. No, he doesn't have the iPhone 5, but Unreal Engine 3 can run in Flash. By extension, games like Gears of War 3, Unreal Tournament 3, Batman: Arkham City, and even Saw II: Flesh & Blood, can theoretically run in a browser. Granted, when running in Flash, Unreal Engine 3 won't look as good as it might in more traditional scenarios, but just take a moment to think about the sort of graphics you usually see in browser-based games. With any luck, you will soon be able to watch your FarmVille grass grow in 3D.
Built on Epic Games' Unreal Engine 3, Duke Nukem: Next-Gen, a fan-made remake of the 1996 venerable, campy PC first person shooter, Duke Nukem 3D, has been officially approved by current Duke Nukem 3D license holder Gearbox Software, in yet another act of Gearbox being totally awesome.