The developer of 'Dark and Darker' was sued by Nexon in South Korea. Nexon stated that they will hold the developer accountable.
‘Dark and Darker’ is a game that has recently gained high popularity on the PC game platform Steam. The developer is IRONMACE, which was established in South Korea. Their first game, 'Dark and Darker', was popular all over the world even though it was still in the testing phase, and the number of concurrent users on Steam exceeded 100,000.
However, on the 17th, a story came out that IRONMACE, which developed 'Dark and Darker', is currently under police investigation. Various South Korean media outlets also reported this story.
Nexon announced its new game lineup in August 2021 and unveiled a project called 'P3'. If you look at the video of 'P3' released at the time, the elements of exploring the dungeon and the overall game interface are similar to 'Dark and Darker'. However, there was no news about Nexon’s ‘P3’ after that.
IRONMACE was founded in October 2021 and showed their first game, 'Dark and Darker', through the PC game platform Steam. Given these circumstances, it's possible to suspect that the developers of IRONMACE created 'Dark and Darker' using some of the work from 'Project P3', which was being developed by Nexon.
Regarding this, a Nexon official said, “We have confirmed that the intellectual property rights of 'P3', a new project of the company, were intentionally infringed upon. We think this is something that should never happen. Nexon will not tolerate any illegal activities, and those who engage in such activities will be held accountable.” If this issue goes to trial and a conviction is reached, it seems that it will be difficult for 'Dark and Darker' to continue in the future.
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