‘Dark And Darker’ developer’s workplace searched by police over theft allegations

Dark And Darker developer Ironmace has reportedly been searched by police in South Korea, following Nexon‘s allegations that the studio created its medieval extraction recreation with stolen code.

News of the raid was reported by Korean outlet Yonhap News, which claims that an investigative workforce from Gyeonggi Southern Provincial Police Agency searched Ironmace’s workplace in Seongnam, Korea, right this moment (March 8).

The police have reportedly seized supplies associated to the event of Dark And Darker, which will probably be used to research developer Nexon’s claims that Dark And Darker has been created with stolen code and property.

In messages verified by EpicGames News, an Ironmace developer going by Graysun – one in every of Ironmace’s appointed admins for the sport’s Discord neighborhood – confirmed that “the police did come and check,” however stated “it was a quick process and nothing was found”.

“Do not worry too much about what you hear regarding Nexon,” they added. “Most of what you will see on the internet is not accurate. There will be no delay in development, and there is nothing to worry about.”

Dark And Darker. Credit: Ironmace.
Dark And Darker. Credit: Ironmace.

Nexon has filed a lawsuit alleging a violation of the Unfair Competition Prevention Act, which has been beneath investigation at Seongnam’s District Prosecutor’s Office since August 2022.

It’s alleged that Ironmace consists of former Nexon staff who had been “disciplined and fired” by the corporate, and goes on to say that the previous staff are creating Dark And Darker with code that was created at Nexon.

Nexon additionally alleges that an unnamed former worker leaked Nexon property whereas employed with the corporate, and urged fellow staff to give up and create a recreation much like P3, a title that was in growth at Nexon.

Ironmace CEO Park Terence Seung-ha denied these claims final month, stating: “Our code was built from scratch. Most of our assets were purchased from the Unreal marketplace. All other assets and all game design docs were created inhouse. This has already been audited by an outside agency. As far as you know you cannot copyright a game genre.”

“Regarding the lawsuit, we consider it a separate personal matter claimed on one of our team members,” Seung-ha continued. “No lawsuit has been filed against Iornmace. Regardless, we believe in our teammate and we look forward to the resolution of their personal matter.”

EpicGames News has reached out to Ironmace for remark.

In different information, Ironmace has additionally revealed that it could’t maintain Dark And Darker‘s servers working on “game sales alone” and is wanting into methods to monetise the sport.

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