The developer of this game has also spoken out to reassure the player.
The removal of titles from Steam may be caused by a number of factors. The most common occurrence is when a project ceases operation or is removed due to the copyright of music, images, or sometimes names, as The Day Before had to endure this year. Dark and Darker, a highly anticipated 2023 project, was abruptly removed from Steam for a reason that few anticipated.
Dark and Darker was consequently removed from the world’s most popular gaming platform, which was primarily developed by Ironmace. The studio is comprised of several former Nexon employees who were terminated for leaking source code or violating security policies. According to the report, these employees were accused of stealing the source code of a previously suspended Nexon game and using it to continue developing a new game in the new studio. Ironmace vehemently refutes the allegations, as expected. Dark and Darker was removed from Steam as a result of the dispute.
The Ironmace producer shared with fans that all of the above allegations were false and that they are currently working with their legal team to restore the game as soon as possible. In addition, Ironmace insists that its game’s source code is written from scratch and that the majority of its content is acquired from the Unreal market. The designs are created in-house. Therefore, there is no basis for accusing them in this situation.
Although the copyright has been asserted, Dark and Darker is currently still removed from Steam, although players can still find the game on SteamDB and a keyword search returns no results. Possibly the game will return if the issue is resolved. In contrast, the future of Ironmace, let alone Dark and Darker, is uncertain.