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Sony Abandons The Last Guardian Trademark

Posted by Sammy Barker

Probably not a big deal

Sony has abandoned the trademark for oft-delayed Team ICO sequel The Last Guardian. The hotly anticipated PS3 exclusive was first teased way back in 2008, but details have been conspicuously slender ever since. Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida reassured that the game was still in development earlier in the year.

Regardless, Sony’s silence has caused the title’s trademark to lapse. Of course, that doesn’t say much about the state of the project itself: the platform holder may have unintentionally forgotten to update the registration, meaning it would have two months to file a petition to retrieve it.

The Last Guardian's trademark was originally issued in January 2010, so Sony has until January 2013 to prove its “use in commerce”. Unfortunately, as online sleuth Superannuation remarks, that would mean a completed game, which, as far as we know, doesn't exist. The company could, of course, always register a new trademark if this one lapses.

Whatever the reason for the trademark's abandonment, it's clear that The Last Guardian is not at the forefront of Sony's plans. We've still got a hunch that the title will re-emerge on PlayStation 4. What do you reckon?

[via tarr.uspto.gov, twitter.com]

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User Comments (4)

KALofKRYPTON

#2

KALofKRYPTON said:

Well, the talk was that they were struggling with the hardware, so it wouldn't surprise me if it's been shelved until PS4.

bauckster

#3

bauckster said:

This is very disappointing to me. I sincerely hope they don't shelve it until PS4. I'm not at all set on buying a new system, frankly, but I desperately want to play this game. Ugh, indeed.

ThreadShadow

#4

ThreadShadow said:

@Sammy "We've still got a hunch that the title will re-emerge on PlayStation 4."

Aaarrrggh!! Stop saying that!! : )
One of the main reasons I bought a PS3 was for this game. I don't want to buy another system to play it!

btw Sammy I commented on your comment on my comment in the Arkedo article. Thanks for helping me clarify that.

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