Dark and Darker early access delayed, as dev faces lawsuit

A Dark and Darker early access delay has been announced by Ironmace, following the RPG game's Steam troubles and Nexon suing Ironmace over alleged copyright.

Dark and Darker early access delayed as dev faces lawsuit: a rogue with long blonde hair in brown leather, holding a bow

A Dark and Darker early access delay has been announced by developer Iromace, the RPG game’s future remains up in the air with the studio being sued by Nexon and Dark and Darker being taken off Steam. While the Dark and Darker release date remains up in the air, this early access delay statement will answer some of your questions.

“We truly hate not being able to communicate as freely as we usually do, however, due to the sensitive nature of our current situation, we can’t divulge too much information right now,” Dark and Darker dev Ironmace says in a new Discord post.

“I know this isn’t the announcement everyone wanted to hear but we needed to let our fans know that the Early Access release has been delayed a bit. Just know that we are working on a ton of things to ensure the game gets out to you as soon as possible. We ask everyone to hold the line just a little longer. Thanks!”

Dark and Darker early access delayed as dev faces lawsuit: an image of the Dark and Darker Discord, which has the message from Ironmace about the Early Access delay

Dark and Darker was originally supposed to launch in Q4 of 2023, but this has since been dropped as Ironmace deals with Nexon’s copyright claim, alongside feedback and improvements from the recent playtests. The studio also apologised for the last playtest, citing all the “bugs, instability, and hurdles” players encountered.

If you’ve been enjoying Ironmace’s game and need some guidance before jumping back in, our Dark and Darker classes breakdown should help you get to grips with the Barbarians, Cleric, Ranger, Wizard, and all the other classes on offer. We also have some Dark and Darker system requirements, so you can check exactly how your rig stacks up with the game.

Remember that Dark and Darker has been delisted from Steam at present, and we’re unsure if or when it’ll be coming back, but it’ll definitely be a while either way.

The future of Dark and Darker is absolutely up in the air right now, so while we all wait to hear more PCGamesN has put together a breakdown of the best fantasy games, and essential upcoming games on PC as well.