Too Human due in Q1 2008

Denis Dyack confirms Silicon Knights' long-in-the-making Xbox 360 action adventure is now slated for early next year, demo coming to Xbox Live.

Silicon Knights made headlines recently, thanks to its very public legal spat with Epic Games. In July, the Ontario-based studio sued the North Carolina-based developer, claiming the latter had given "false and misleading statements" when licensing its Unreal Engine 3. Last week, Epic countersued, charging that Silicon Knights' suit was merely an attempt to acquire the development toolset for free.

The ugly exchanges overshadowed the impending release of Too Human, Silicon Knights' long-in-the-making action game. First announced for the original PlayStation at the 1999 Electronic Entertainment Expo, the title was shifted to the GameCube when the studio entered into an exclusive partnership with Nintendo. After disappearing for several years, Too Human was publicly re-unveiled as an Xbox 360 exclusive in 2005 and shown off to attendees of E3 2006.

Since then, though, public views of Too Human have been all too hard to come by. The game missed its scheduled spring 2007 launch, and its publisher, Microsoft Game Studios, has been largely mum on the game's release date.

Today, the reason for the silence became clear. Speaking to GameSpot at the Leipzig Games Convention, Silicon Knights' president and cofounder Denis Dyack confirmed that the game is now scheduled for 2008.

"We're looking for an early first quarter release of Too Human," the developer said. "We're really excited about it, we can't wait to show people and...time will tell."

Dyack went on to call it Silicon Knights' "best game to date" and promised that a demo of the game would be on Xbox Live Marketplace. However, he did not give a time frame for the when the demo would be released, or what it would consist of.

For more with Denis Dyack, check back tomorrow for a full video interview with the celebrated developer.

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191 comments
LordLonewolf777
LordLonewolf777

This is still not released.... Its Q2 already!?!?!?!?! Early 2008 release MY ASS!!!

blueflamedino
blueflamedino

I really hope they're "revolutionary gameplay" will still be revolutionary after 8 years, would stink to find out that an idea they came up 8 years ago has been exhausted to the point of old school

Roman_Slayer
Roman_Slayer

WTF, they announced this back in '99! Hopefully Silicon Knights is a magnified version of Blizzard ('cause if they then this is definitely the best game ever)

ZhugeMarc
ZhugeMarc

First announced 8 years ago? Anyone else worrying this could go the way of Daikatana?

ocdog45
ocdog45

this game has to come out for the sake of all that worked so long for this game

packernation31
packernation31

Jeez this is the biggest delay I've ever heard of

shadystxxx
shadystxxx

I'm quite excited for too human. The story sounds grat the gameplay elements sound great. But obviously the hard part is implementing those cool features right. But im not too worried SK have a good record for making good games and im sure they can pull it off with too human.

peeweeshift
peeweeshift

awesome i hope they are able to revive back from their downed state

weber182
weber182

This is a demo that I'm really anxious to play seing all the mixed views of this game.

anamnawshad
anamnawshad

The IGN Too Human preview was awesome! This game will rock! :D

hotdork70minus1
hotdork70minus1

Looks like a futeristic versioin of Prince of Persia as far as I can tell.

pridex
pridex

I wonder if this game is actually going to be good after all this crap.

Jared_Vegeta
Jared_Vegeta

Well, glad to see it is still coming out. Just hope the whole development woes haven't hurt the game too much.

Livewirez
Livewirez

I love the concept for this game, a modern take on Norse myhtology fightign machines instead of monsters, sounds great. Although I havn't seen any up-to-date gameplay videos I have faith that it will be a great game, seamless cutscenes and co-op were you can re-play levels as many times as you want to level up your char. are winning features for me.

nobeaner
nobeaner

From what I saw of Too Human I can tell that its probably not for me. But if the demo is polished enough to make me think about it then maybe I will buy it.

Orzo_Jery
Orzo_Jery

gamespot doesn't have much stuff on this game, but judging from the look of the game from ign, the game looks like it has a lot of potential. common gamespot, why does ign have all the lastest stuff, and u don't?

Ravi_1900
Ravi_1900

This is gonna be one good game, Silicon Knights are one of the best developer, I hope they make another legend like Eternal Darkness.

Bpg3D
Bpg3D

Glad to see the whole Epic ordeal didn't squash the game.

mujeeb1
mujeeb1

Chances are if you wanna play this game, you have a 360. Think it's a long time till Q1 '08? I have a few words for you: Bioshock, Assassin's Creed, HALO 3, Splinter Cell Conviction, Project Gotham Racing 4, Need For Street Pro Street. Hell if you ask me, they should give us a bit more time dammit. Christmas time is gonna leech my moneyz, yo.

ghsacidman
ghsacidman

I agree with Delongman, the gameplay they have shown looks uninspired and un-interesting. Plus, everything in the trailers looks generic... Like a over glorified hack and slash. I'm completely turned off by Too Human.

Delongman
Delongman

The gameplay that they've shown so far hasn't been that appealing to be very honest but i still have faith that they'll be able to do something great for the 360 in 08

dmastor
dmastor

awesome give me more halo 3 multi play and time for bioshock,assassins creed and cod4

imortiferus
imortiferus

a lot of potential. It looks good and now with more time to smoothen it out I think they will have a hit on their hands.

SavoyPrime
SavoyPrime

I'm still interested in Too Human. The battle between Silicon Knights and Epic doesn't really bother me as long as they game still releases and it is a good/great.

Warfust
Warfust

I'm surprised they are demo ready, but then they only had 8 years to get ready...

okassar
okassar

No Unreal Engine III for them :p .

turaaggeli
turaaggeli

I hope Too Human delivers. It has a lot of potential.

EddyG0RD0
EddyG0RD0

"---n00b_kid--- Wow this game was announced for the ps1 back in 1999 LOL !!! I have a bad feeling this game will never be released." dont forget GC

EddyG0RD0
EddyG0RD0

this game has a long history of delays and canceling

---n00b_kid---
---n00b_kid---

Wow this game was announced for the ps1 back in 1999 LOL !!! I have a bad feeling this game will never be released.

slappylad
slappylad

I wonder who in Redmond twisted Dyacks arm on this one?? With all the impending lawsuit with Epic over their shotty at best engine, I thought we wouldnt see a release until sometime in 2015, so on that account, im suprised. I'm still on board for this title, I want to take the demo on a test drive before I made a buying decision, thats all.

StonyShred420
StonyShred420

I want to see this game come out, it looks like it could be good.

ebookerd1
ebookerd1

talk about push back it should never take 7 years to make a game unless there are only 2 people.1999 - 2007 ... wait 2008.... Geeeezzzz. I have some hope in this game but It looks like it might be done 2008 or 2012 if you look at there track record. It better be good.

StraTooS
StraTooS

i dont see this game released, ever

matheusclifton
matheusclifton

looks like just another boring hack n slash to me, all theses types of games are far to similar

StarDust666
StarDust666

Denis Dyack; get on with the game!!! we don't want another Guns n' Roses all over again!!! "best game to date..." i believe it when i see it

Lordofultima
Lordofultima

The premise is totally awesome for Too Human, I'm all for norse mythology. Let's just hope the game is actually...well, good.

Ice_man_1985
Ice_man_1985

a promising game that i can't wait for it, .

ski11buzz
ski11buzz

this game will be overshadowed by MGS4 and Killzone 2 im guessing

ShmenonPie
ShmenonPie

Spanning 9 years and not only 3 different consoles but 3 different company's consoles, I must say that with all the time and effort put in to it, it ought to be an AAAA title. I doubt it will be though. I also predict that it'll be delayed further by Epic's countersuit. I mean let's face it, SK's suit was full of lies, and Epic's has 99% valid points, so I think SK are going to suffer over this sueing business.

jaredwilder
jaredwilder

GOD i hate when a developer says "yeah theres going to be a demo on xbox marketplace................................." GS: uhhh when??? "oh we cant tell you that" i mean why even bring up the demo for disscution if your not going to give us something to talk about......OR PLAY FOR THAT MATTER!!!!

DELTAsnake
DELTAsnake

Who cares, with that idiot Dyack at the helm it's going to be a peice of crap.

termadoyle
termadoyle

This is one of those games that I just wish turns out to live up to its huge potential but unfortunately I'm becoming worried more and more every day.