KRAFTON Ventures into a New Realm with DARK AND DARKER Mobile Adaptation Amid Legal Tangles – In a bold move, gaming powerhouse KRAFTON, Inc. has clinched an exclusive global licensing agreement with IRONMACE Studios to bring a mobile version of the much-acclaimed dungeon adventure game DARK AND DARKER to life. This collaborative endeavor was officially unveiled on August 24, 2023, from the company’s base in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Leveraging its prowess in migrating popular gaming titles to mobile platforms, as exemplified by the triumph of PUBG: BATTLEGROUNDS and its mobile counterpart, KRAFTON envisages the mobile iteration of DARK AND DARKER as a promising addition to its gaming repertoire.
DARK AND DARKER invites players into an eerie, ominous dungeon, laden with potent gear, precious treasure, and formidable foes. The quest for survival demands players to navigate through the perilous dungeons, equip themselves, amass treasures and ultimately find a way out, whilst battling monstrous threats and rival players. The unique blend of battle royale survival and dungeon crawler exploration in DARK AND DARKER has caught KRAFTON’s eye, aligning perfectly with its successful track record of mobile adaptations.
KRAFTON Ventures into a New Realm with DARK AND DARKER Mobile Adaptation Amid Legal Tangles
A Vigilant Advance Despite Legal Quagmires
The announcement of this collaboration comes amidst a cloud of legal disputes surrounding IRONMACE, the original creator of DARK AND DARKER. The game found itself in a whirlpool of controversy earlier in 2023 when it was entangled in a legal wrangle with Nexon, leading to its subsequent removal from the Steam platform. Despite these challenges, IRONMACE demonstrated resilience by releasing an early access version through alternate channels, albeit its absence on Steam remains a hurdle in garnering a broader audience.
The unfolding legal saga between IRONMACE and Nexon has raised eyebrows on the timing of KRAFTON’s venture. The dispute, which centers around alleged unauthorized use of materials from a shelved Nexon project, had seen legal tides favoring IRONMACE recently when a US court redirected the case to be tried in South Korea. KRAFTON, although an external entity, is treading cautiously, keeping a close watch on the legal proceedings, as acknowledged by a KRAFTON spokesperson.
A Glimpse of Hope for DARK AND DARKER Enthusiasts
Despite the legal imbroglio, the alliance between KRAFTON and IRONMACE injects a dose of optimism for DARK AND DARKER aficionados, eagerly awaiting its mobile debut. The enthusiasm was echoed by Rafael Lim, the Senior Head of Publishing at KRAFTON, who lauded the inventive spirit of DARK AND DARKER and expressed eagerness in delivering the thrilling dungeon escapades to a new cohort of mobile gamers.
While the exact release date for the mobile version remains under wraps, the venture reflects KRAFTON’s unyielding ambition to diversify its mobile gaming portfolio and cater to a broader spectrum of gamers. Amidst the ongoing legal narrative, the prospect of diving into the DARK AND DARKER’s mobile dungeons may soon become a reality, painting a hopeful picture for both KRAFTON and the devoted fan base.