The new Disney Lorcana cardgame is on its way: the release of the Mickey Mouse House TCG is set for the month of August, with a European release that could be already in September. However, a lawsuit can temporarily block the arrival of Disney Lorcana indefinitely in shops around the world.
According to Polygon, Upper Deck is suing Ravensburger, the publishers of Lorcana in name of Disney, for apparently copying the other cardgame called Rush of Ikorr, due out in the upcoming months. Perhaps that kind of thing wouldn’t happen if both the Ravensburger TCG and the Upper Deck TCG haven’t hit the market yet?
That would be the figure of Ryan Miller, the co-designer of Disney Lorcana for Ravensburger. Miller, in fact, worked on the Rush of Ikorr for a few months, but moved quickly in the future and went on to co-direct the work on the Disney Film Show. According to Upper Deck, Miller would have implement him virtually identically in his new cardgame. It would seriously risk losing steam at the opening of the new store.
Even though it’s all Miller, Ravensburger isn’t blameless. I would’ve deliberately convinced Miller to reuse the Rush of Ikorr mechanics in the new Disney-branded cardgame, with the express intention to damage the rival company. Even though Upper Deck would spend the most time of its resources on its new trading card game, a large amount of damage will be incurred by Lorcana.
For over twenty years, the North American chapter of Ravensburger has responded on Twitter to Upper Decks allegations, saying we stand the same way that our team is the same as ourselves. The unsubstantiated allegations that we had gotten out of this week are completely out of context, and we’re going to look forward to proving that when the time comes.