According to foreign reports, Red 5 Studios and Webzen are going to court over the publishing rights for Red 5’s maiden online game, Firefall. Although I posted about the major unrest about the 2 companies before, let me summarize again. Korean developer and publisher, Webzen, first got the global publishing rights for Firefall (except North America and Europe) some time ago.
However, not much was done by Webzen and no proposals were discussed with Red 5 Studios about their plans to market the game even till now. In recent months, Red 5 Studios got back the global rights from Webzen according to some clauses signed in the contract leaving only the rights for Korea and Asia to Webzen. Webzen, on the other hand, claimed that Red 5 Studio’s founder Mark Kern did not visit the company’s executives when in Korea, instead heading to meet the Firefall team based there, thus showing a sign of disrespect. An interesting point to note, Webzen did not attend PAX East 2011 when invited. Other than a Korean website for Red 5 Studios, there is nothing visible about Firefall now in the region.