It was revealed this week that MMO operator NCSoft filed a complaint in New York federal court earlier this month against Bluehole Studio, alleging the developer of Tera had stolen "copious amounts of confidential and proprietary" assets relating to the upcoming Lineage 3 for use in their own title.
NCSoft maintains that Bluehole, formed by its former employees, concocted a "simple and audacious" plan to "deal a crippling blow to their former employer" by producing Tera using work they produced while still employed at NCSoft.
NCSoft is seeking injunctions to block the North American launch of Tera, currently scheduled for later this May, as well as damages stemming from the alleged plundering of trade secrets. Naturally, Bluehole isn't taking any of this sitting down, and has vowed to fight back against NCSoft's latest claims:
"We are disappointed that NCsoft is attempting to mar the launch of Tera. Unfortunately we can't discuss much publicly due to the sensitivity of legal actions, but we do outright reject the NCsoft claims, and we are going to do everything in our power to defend and protect ourselves."
Latest claims are the keywords, as Bluehole has been stung in court by NCSoft over this as far back as 2009. While a previous ruling in South Korean court actually convicted Bluehole of the charges and ordered the studio to pay damages to NCSoft, the damages part was eventually overtuned during the appeal process. Bluehole continues to fight to appeal the other rulings.