Rune 2 Assets Return to Ragnarok's Hands Amid Ongoing Legal Dispute

Rune 2 Assets Return to Ragnarok's Hands Amid Ongoing Legal Dispute

Nothing has been resolved on the legal front, though.

Rune 2 publisher Ragnarok Game LLC has reacquired the assets to the game amid an ongoing legal dispute with its former developer, Human Head. The developer behind the first Rune and 2006's Prey recently shut down and reformed under Bethesda as a new studio, but Ragnarok quickly raised issue, accusing Human Head of holding assets hostage.

"Late last week, we received a hard drive containing the Rune 2 assets and source code," wrote one dev on the game's forums. "We have brought on engineers to check the thoroughness of materials and ensure the hard drive has all Rune 2 files."

Once the team has confirmed it can make a complete build of Rune 2 using the assets it's been given, it says it will start working on a patch to address issues, bugs, and optimizations reported over the last month and a half.

Human Head, the developer behind Rune 2, announced it was reforming just one day after Rune 2's launch on the Epic Games Store. It's now under Bethesda as a subsidiary called Roundhouse Studios, and it has retained the full Human Head team.

Ragnarok was shocked to hear the news when it happened last November, but the publisher committed to supporting Rune 2 and worked toward a launch on other PC platforms this year. It quickly got messy though, as Ragnarok filed against the former Human Head studio for holding the assets for Rune 2 "hostage."

A Ragnarok representative told GamesIndustry.Biz that the company's top priority was to evaluate whether all of Ragnarok's property has been returned, though "nothing has been resolved on the legal front."

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