It is going to in all probability come as no shock given Ironmace’s ongoing authorized dispute with Nexon, however the studio introduced at present that the deliberate early entry launch of Darkish and Darker has been delayed.

“We actually hate not having the ability to talk as freely as we normally do, nevertheless as a result of delicate nature of our present state of affairs, we will’t reveal an excessive amount of info immediately,” Ironmace stated on the Darkish and Darker Discord. “I do know this isn’t the announcement everybody wished to listen to however we would have liked to let our followers know that the Early Entry launch has been delayed a bit.

“Simply know that we’re engaged on a ton of issues to make sure the game will get out to you as quickly as attainable. We ask everybody to carry the road just a bit longer. Thanks!”

A launch date for Darkish and Darker hadn’t been introduced, however Ironmace has beforehand stated it anticipated early entry to start in late April or early Might, adopted by a full launch in This autumn of this yr.

A demo for Darkish and Darker turned a significant hit on Steam through the Subsequent Fest that befell earlier this yr. Though it was an alpha take a look at and clearly not prepared for launch, tens of 1000’s of gamers embraced the game throughout its transient availability on Steam. However as its recognition grew, so did the depth of Ironmace’s dispute with Nexon, which accused the studio of constructing the game utilizing ideas and belongings stolen from one among its cancelled tasks. That led to the demo’s removing from Steam, forcing Ironmace to distribute its ultimate pre-early entry playtest construct through Bittorrent, an effort that was surprisingly profitable. The studio additionally lastly fired again at Nexon in earnest in April, saying its allegations are “nothing greater than anti-competitive bully ways designed to place a small indie agency out of enterprise.”

(Picture credit score: Ironmace (Discord))

Standard opinion appears very a lot on Ironmace’s facet however that does not change the fact on the bottom, which is that it’s dealing with some very critical allegations leveled by a significant game writer. That is a giant drawback, particularly for a small studio, so it is comprehensible that Ironmace would have its consideration targeted on the dispute, reasonably than on assembly an arbitrary Darkish and Darker launch goal. I’ve reached out to Ironmace for extra info on the delay and a attainable new launch goal, and can update if I obtain a reply.