Following yesterday's exclusive Q&A with Russian developer WorldForge regarding the end of its relationship with publisher Playlogic
over Ancient Wars: Sparta
, Playlogic has responded saying that, in fact, the publisher itself has taken WorldForge to court to stem the developer's public "false statements."
As described in the original Q&A, Ancient Wars: Sparta
saw release on the 24th of April of 2007, the same day the two Russian-based companies initiated a formal breach notice against PlayLogic. Although the publisher continued to promise payment to both companies, allegedly nothing materialized, with the breach cure period ending after 30 days and the game’s rights reverting back to WorldForge. Currently, the distribution rights to Sparta
are being renegotiated.
Following the publishing of the Q&A, PlayLogic general council representatives contacted Gamasutra to respond to the allegations.
"Playlogic read the contents of the interview above and does not know where to start rebutting these allegations," said a representative. "Clearly these statements come down to ordinary hear say and speculations."
"Meanwhile," the publisher continued, "it is Playlogic who has sued WorldForge in the Amsterdam court, and not the opposite, in order to obtain a court order stopping them from spreading these kinds of false statements."
"The obvious objective of WorldForge is to interfere in the good business relation Playlogic has with its distributors," it said, "and to try to obtain the IP rights of this successful title."
Surprisingly, though, the company concluded, "Despite Playlogic’s strong position Playlogic does hope to eventually return to a normal working relationship with WorldForge."