Studio Wildcard, creator of popular survival game Ark: Survival Evolved, has been in hot water of late concerning a legal battle between it and Trendy Entertainment. As reported by GameSpot, after accusing Studio Wildcard and one of its employees of misconduct, a settlement between the Dungeon Defenders developer and the Ark developer was reached this week.
Although the terms of the settlement were not disclosed to the public, Studio Wildcard co-founder Susan Stieglitz stated on Twitter that Trendy originally asked for over half a billion. As shared by a fan on Reddit, Stieglitz then wrote a DM to a fan stating that Wildcard parted with “40”.
Lol they want 600 million
— Susan Claire (@SusanCStieglitz) April 12, 2016
According to Kotaku, the settlement was reached on April 13, after conference between Studio Wildcard and Trendy took place in Gainesville, Florida, where Trendy is based. “Long day again at the lawyers” wrote Susan Stieglitz on Twitter on that same date.
Studio Wildcard was sued by Trendy Entertainment in December 2015, following claims of misconduct by Jeremy Stieglitz, one of the developer’s former employees and husband of Susan Stieglitz. The designer reportedly breached his contract with them to work in secret on Survival Evolved, and allegedly began attempting to convince other Trendy employees to begin Studio Wildcard. The Ark developer responded to the claims by describing them as “irrelevant, immaterial, impertinent, and scandalous.”
Before this settlement, the case was due to go to court on April 27 (via. GameSpot). If Trendy’s request for an injunction had been passed, work on Survival Evolved would have had to cease, with the game even potentially being pulled from sale on PC and Xbox One.
Ark: Survival Evolved is due to be completed and released later in the year, launching across PC, Xbox One and Playstation 4.