Rugnarok, the publisher of Rune 2, has included ZeniMax Media, Bethesda Softworks and Roundhouse Studios in their lawsuit against their former chief human employees, accusing them of developing a pair of games alleging intentional sabotage. did.
The lawsuit was originally filed last year against Human Head and three of its co-founders for fraud and breach of contract, when the studio closed the day after the launch of Runro 2, a game developed for Ragnarok happened. The studio reformed within days as Roundhouse, a new Bethesda-owned studio comprised of human key developers.
Ragnarok expanded the suit yesterday to include Zenimax and Bethesda, saying it debuted last summer with Human Head. The suit does not name the ZeniMax parent Microsoft, which acquired the Elder Scrolls company only last month.
“In an act of utterly bad faith and contractual breach of confidentiality requirements, the human chief secretly provided Bethesda and Zenimax with ‘keys’, which allowed it to play a confidential, pre-release version of Run .Enabled to watch Bethesda and Xenimax. Rune 2 himself threatens his hit franchise, Skyrim / Elder Scrolls.
Ragnarok said that ZeniMax formed the Roundhouse subsidiary two weeks before the launch of Rune 2 and quietly acquired the studio’s equipment and handled its leases. The suit notes that the device included trade secrets owned by Ragnarok, specifically the source code and content for two games the human chief was contracted to create: a comic series written by The Walking Dead Game, Rune 2 and Oblivion Song. Co-producer Robert Kirkman.
The prosecution defendants also allege that “he is being held maliciously [Rune 2 source code] Hostage for months, “preventing Ragnarok from working on the game and supporting it after launch.
Although the suit acknowledges that Ragnarok eventually received the source code earlier this year, “the property that was eventually transferred was incomplete and unusable. In fact, it appears that malicious intent-seeking defendants intentionally took the assets Arranged as if they were inconclusive. And as unhelpful as possible. ”
It is alleged that ZeniMax then ordered its new roundhouse staff to stop working on those two games and “ensure maximum damage to Rune 2 and protect their Skyrim franchise,” leading developer of Rune 2 Sent Christopher Rhinehart on a business trip to make sure. Rune 2 will not be available for launch.
“ZeniMax and Bethesda intentionally and intentionally caused the human chief to breach his obligations in relation to the obligatory song and Rune 2, and on ZeniMax’s active instructions, the human chief unveiled his plan to cause maximum harm, “Ragnarok alleged in the suit.
While Rune 2 is live and Ragnarok has created a new studio to continue work on the game, the publisher said that the Oblivion Song “is in such a state of disarray that it has to be abandoned.”
Raganarok is seeking damages of less than $ 100 million.
Bethesda representative refused to comment GamesIndustry.biz.