I honestly wouldn't trust ANYTHING that's been posted on Steam.
Oh yes, that's going into my quote collection.
We don't know many details about the personal relationship of RTG and FunCom, but honestly everyone, it doesn't sound like a dispute to me. That's just the usual gossip inflation. For Chapters, FunCom has given RTG vast liberties with their license, at least compared to a lot of other licensed franchises I know (Telltale games in particular...). That just doesn't point towards much of an animosity.
However, another studio building their reputation just around your license, I'd understand if that felt icky to FunCom somehow. Better to let a bit of time pass, better to see how the studio fares with their own IPs (and I'm not just talking about five hour Draugen). If RTG thrives beyond the scope of the TLJ universe, I'm rather certain FunCom will allow the completion of the saga. Sure, Ragnar alluded to another idea —
At some point, we will want to focus on our own thing — and at some point Funcom may want to make a game set in that universe themselves.
But let's be honest here, FunCom doesn't make single player games any more, they can't just sit on that license and do nothing with it, and they can't make an MMO out of it because it would bomb so hard.
What should be a real worry, however, is that Ragnar sounded a bit tired of that license when we last spoke about TLJH, and in fact welcomed the saga to be taken from his hands. That's... understandable, I'll say, but 2020 indeed is a long way off.
The key to TLJH is patience. For the fans as well as RTG.