Dance Dance Revolution
creator Konami and Roxor Games, Inc., developer of similar rhythm/dance game In The Groove
, have announced the settlement of their long-standing IP lawsuit, giving Konami full control of the In The Groove
The suit, filed in May of 2005
, was specifically based on the fact that the arcade version of In The Groove
can be retrofitted into Dance Dance Revolution
arcade game, as well as issues involving trademark dilution and the placing of Roxor's logos over Konami's in the modified arcade machine.
Konami commented at the time that "it will continue to take any legal measures necessary to protect Konami's intellectual property rights in DDR and other Konami products."
According to a joint press release, Konami has acquired full intellectual property rights to the In The Groove
franchise, and has explicitly stated that Roxor Games would "respect Konami’s intellectual property rights."
Precisely what this means for the future of the In The Groove
series, or the current sales of the RedOctane-published home version of the franchise is yet unclear.
As reported at the time of the suit, Konami has previously pursued legal action against a number of other parties for Dance Dance Revolution
-style games, but following the 2002 settlement of a suit with Korean developer Andamiro over Pump It Up!
, took no action against Mastiff Games publishing a PS2 version of that franchise.