Yup! Another court case… Seriously people, can we go a couple days without suing someone? NCsoft is accusing Bluehole Studios and its US subsidiary, En Masse Entertainment, for allegedly using stolen assets to create Tera. They say this because Bluehole was founded by former NCsoft employees, and that these employees stole information, computer software, and artwork involving Lineage 2 before their departure. Using this information, they would diabolically create a new game that would allow them to smash through their competition, such as NCsoft.
“Their business plan was simple and audacious: create a competing product using the very work they had done while at NCsoft, launch it themselves to great fanfare and acclaim, and, in the process, deal a crippling blow to their former employer."
The above statement from the case file makes Bluehole look awful. NCsoft already won a legal battle awhile back regarding Korean Tera but didn’t really get anything out of it as the awarding of damages to NCsoft was overturned in a civil case.
The NA version has a separate development team, directing their concerns and ideas more towards the ideals of the NA community so NCsoft could’ve halted this at an earlier phase. But only now, after Bluehole announces their English version of the game will launch on May 1st, is when NCsoft pretty much starts getting worried once again and decides to open up another lawsuit. That’s really what I hear when I read about this case, but that’s only because I’m almost completely biased towards the launch of Tera. See? That’s how powerful the game is…
Through legal means, NCsoft seeks damages AND to completely stop the release of the US version of Tera. No word has been released on what’s going to happen, and the only response by En Masse was made on their community forum saying they don’t talk about legal matters. But all I can say to this whole thing is… REALLY!?