Silicon Knights and Epic Games were tangled up in a mess of legal trouble as a result of a lawsuit. Silicon Knights targeted Epic, claiming that the Unreal Engine 3 creator was distributing bad versions of their game engine and, thus, sabotaging licensees. Essentially, Silicon Knights accused Epic Games of giving developers a broken development engine in order to stay on top.

They lost that suit. New court documents have revealed that, as a result of losing, Epic Games has forced Silicon Knights to destroy all unsold copies and code for any games they made using the Unreal Engine 3. That includes both Too Human and X-Men: Destiny.

A tip of the hat to NeoGAF user Xenon who posted the specific section of the recently disclosed court documents. The section regarding the destruction of all Unreal Engine 3 produced games reads as follows.

…Not later than December 10, 2012, Silicon Knights shall destroy all versions of the Licensed Technology in its possession, including (but not limited to) the video game code and game engine code for Too Human, The Box/Ritualyst, The Sandman, X-Men: Destiny, and Siren in the Maelstrom, all other game code that was created using the Licensed Technology, all versions of the Unreal Engine 3, and all copies of any information obtained from the licensee restricted portions of the Unreal Developer Network…

…Silicon Knights shall cease producing or distributing Too HumanThe Box/RitualystThe SandmanX-Men: Destiny, and Siren in the Maelstrom, and shall recall and destroy (at the expense of Silicon Knights) all unsold copies of Too HumanThe Box/RitualystThe SandmanX-Men: Destiny, and Siren in the Maelstrom

If you want to own a piece of gaming history, we suggest scooping up a new copy of one of the aforementioned game before it’s too late. By December 10th, they’ll all be gone.

I feel like this is a plot point in a bad spy caper.

[via NeoGAF, CVG]