Can You Still Play Dark and Darker? A Unique Extraction Shooter with Legal Challenges

Dark and Darker is not your typical extraction shooter. It’s set in a fantasy world inspired by Dungeons & Dragons, where you can choose from seven different classes, each with their own skills and perks. It’s a game where you and your friends (or enemies) explore dungeons full of loot and monsters, and try to escape with your precious cargo before someone else snatches it from you. However, the game also faced a major legal obstacle when it was removed from Steam in March 2023 due to a DMCA takedown by Nexon, another South Korean game company so if you’re wondering if you can still play Dark and Darker this article is for you.


What is Dark and Darker?

Dark and Darker is a game that aims to capture the wonder and magnificence of classic fantasy adventure games, while respecting the traditions of the genre. The game is set in a Dungeons & Dragons-like setting where players can select from seven classes: Fighter, Ranger, Rogue, Cleric, Bard, Tanker, and Mage. Each class has its own unique skills, weapons, and items that can be customized and upgraded.

The game’s main mode is the dungeon mode, where players can enter randomly generated dungeons full of monsters and treasures. The dungeons have multiple floors, each with different themes, enemies, and traps. The goal of the dungeon mode is to find rare and valuable artifacts that can be used to enhance the character’s abilities. However, the extraction process is not easy, as players have to survive while also competing or cooperating with other players in the same dungeon who have the same objective as you.


Nexon DMCA Takedown

The game is developed by Ironmace, a South Korean studio that has been working on it since 2022. They released a demo version of the game on Steam in early 2023, which gained a lot of fans and positive feedback. However, things took a dark (and darker) turn when they got hit with a DMCA takedown notice from Nexon, another South Korean company that claimed Dark and Darker infringed on their intellectual property rights. The demo was removed from Steam, and Ironmace had to find another way to distribute their game.

Ironmace did not give up on their dream project. They decided to launch the game in Early Access through their own website and another South Korean platform called Chafgames. You can buy the game for $35 or $50 (depending on the edition) and download it through their respective launchers. The game is still in development, so expect some bugs and glitches along the way. But hey, that’s part of the charm, right?

Dark and Darker is a game that offers a lot of fun and excitement for fans of fantasy and extraction shooters. It’s a game that rewards teamwork, skill, and cunning. It’s also a game that has survived legal troubles and technical difficulties, thanks to the passion and dedication of its developers.

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