ARK: Survival Evolved studio hit with lawsuit


Kotaku has reported on an ongoing lawsuit lodged by Dungeon Defenders developer Trendy Entertainment against ARK: Survival Evolved’s Studio Wildcard. Trendy has alleged that Jeremy Stieglitz, formerly the controversial creative director at Trendy, played a pivotal role in the development of ARK and in doing so violated his contractual agreements not to poach Trendy’s workers, misappropriate Trendy’s assets, or work for a competing games company.

According to Kotaku, Wildcard denied that Stieglitz was a major figure in the creation of the game; instead, he was merely a consultant now being hired on more permanently. The studio has filed a motion to dismiss the suit, claiming Trendy’s December 15, 2015, accusations are “irrelevant, immaterial, impertinent, and scandalous,” but Wildcard has not otherwise addressed the lawsuit and would not comment for the report.

In April, a Florida circuit court will hear Trendy’s motion for an injunction against Wildcard. “If granted, the injunction could temporarily halt development on ARK: Survival Evolved and even force Wildcard to pull the game from Steam as the lawsuit continues,” writes Kotaku.

Meanwhile, Wildcard has teased survivors with two images of armor from the game’s upcoming Tek Teir. (Gaze at their glowiness below!) Devs also took the moment to assure players that work will definitely continue on the core game despite the recent split, getting “all the attention and love it warrants and more!” The current lull in content and updates is the result of a move to new offices, dev illness, and trade shows.

Source: KotakuTek tease; thanks to Tanek for the tip!

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