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  1. Gaming

    That Was Fast: Epic Games Closes Impossible Studios Less Than a Year After Opening

    Studios getting closed down is not something that happens infrequently in the video game industry. There's at least a handful a year, and 2013 is no different. What is a little surprising, however, is the amount of time that the latest casualty got to exist. Epic Games has announced that they're closing Impossible Games. For those following along, that's the studio formed from the ashes of Big Huge Games last June. Yes, this is the second time they've been canned within a year.

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  2. Gaming

    Too Late to Grab Too Human Content From Xbox Marketplace Since It’s All Disappeared

    The end may finally be here for Silicon Knights. It wasn't too long ago that a Canadian court ordered the beleaguered video game developer to recall and destroy all unsold copies of their games that used Unreal Engine 3 due to a licensing spat with Epic Games. It was a pretty thorough gutting of the company's catalog, with both Too Human and X-Men: Destiny on the chopping block, that Silicon Knights unfortunately had coming to them. Now it appears that we've reached the final stages as Too Human has been pulled from the Xbox Marketplace.

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  3. Gaming

    Silicon Knights Must Recall and Destroy All Unsold Copies of Their Games With Unreal Engine Code

    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.

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  4. Gaming

    Square Enix Becomes First to Officially License Unreal Engine 4, Maybe They’ll Make a Good Game Now

    Square Enix has been in something of a rut as of late. The reception for their last couple of flagship video game titles has been mixed leaning toward negative. While both Final Fantasy XIII and Final Fantasy XIII-2 seem to be hovering around an 8.0 on Metacritic, Final Fantasy XIV is sitting at a ridiculously low 4.9. Game reviews tend to skew towards the higher end of things, so an 8.0 isn't exactly stellar either. Maybe that's all set to change, though. It's just been publicly confirmed that Square Enix has licensed Unreal Engine 4 from Epic Games, making them the first to do so officially.

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  5. Gaming

    CliffyB Leaves Epic Games, Probably Wants Time to Chill and Generally Bro Out

    Cliff Bleszinski, self-proclaimed Tony Stark of the video games industry and better known to the world as CliffyB, has left Epic Games after 20 years of hard work. Bleszinski is known for his influence on and recent association with the Gears of War games, but his biggest accomplishment is likely the establishment of the Unreal franchise. Now that both he and the BioWare co-founders are out of the picture, it looks like it might be time for someone else to step up to the mic.

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  6. Tech

    Unreal Engine 3 Can Now Run In Flash

    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.

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  7. Gaming

    Epic Games’ “Next-Gen” Graphics [Video]

    Shown at GDC this year, the above video--shaky-cam though it may be--is a tech demo from Epic Games, the Unreal Engine chaps. “This next-generation technology preview is what we would like to see from the next-generation of gaming hardware," said Epic's Alan Willard. The above video is entirely in real-time using the Unreal Engine, unlike a certain amazing trailer that ended up not being shown in real-time or even made with the game's own engine.

    To read more of the technical details regarding the scene and engine's capabilities, head on over to VentureBeat, and to see a larger, 720p version of the video, head on past the break.

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  8. Entertainment

    Ender’s Game Game Put On Indefinite Hold: Is This Good News, Or Bad News?

    Chances are your opinion on whether anyone should make a game out of Ender's Game is either yes or no. Do, or do not, there is no try. (Unless of course, you haven't read the book, in which case you get a look of disapproval and are excused from reading the rest of this post.) Well, you may be happy or sad appropriately at the news that the Ender's Game game is not happening... again.

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  9. Gaming

    Fan-Made Duke Nukem 3D Remake Officially Licensed

    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.

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  10. Tech

    Project Sword: This is Running on a Phone

    During Apple's event yesterday, Donald Mustard and Mike Capps of Epic Games showed off currently codenamed Project Sword, the iPhone's first game powered by the Unreal Engine. Check out the video of the demo below.

    The demo featured a first- and third-person view in which armor-clad medieval characters try to murder each other via a single or multiplayer fighting game mechanic. Aside from medieval murder, the Epic guys showed off a segment where they explored a detailed medieval world in first person view. There weren't really too many details divulged from Epic or seen in the demo other than, well, this thing is running on a phone.

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