Last Guardian Trademark Abandoned, Game Not Cancelled?

If Team Ico's past work is any proof of quality (Ico and Shadow of the Colossus), The Last Guardian will be a work of art.

Unfortunately, it's a work of art that has been long overdue. Originally revealed in 2009, The Last Guardian was expected to be released in 2011.

Two key departures (although designer Fumito Ueda has agreed to stay on until the end of the project) and no new announcements are worrying signs about whether The Last Guardian will ever see the light of day.

Recently, it's come to light that The Last Guardian trademark has been cancelled. There's no need to panic just yet, as it doesn't mean that the project has been cancelled. Rather, Sony's allowed the trademark of the game to expire, without renewing it.

Sony has up to three years since it received the Notice of Allowance—back in January 2010—to renew the trademark, which will be January 2013. Since The Last Guardian is unlikely to make that time, the trademark expired and someone at Sony just neglected to file for an extension.

For now, don't worry just yet about The Last Guardian being cancelled. Sony has plenty of time to file for an extension to keep the trademark.


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  • Pennanen
    That game is going to flop like duke nukem forever.
  • alidan
    PennanenThat game is going to flop like duke nukem forever.

    it wont flop. what i know is that it hasnt changed development studios yet, and the two games before it.

    will it live up to hype... no
    will it be a pieced together zombie of a game that only went to market because someone put everything to gether? no
  • DRosencraft
    To compare this game to Duke Nukem is just completely off base. Duke Nukem was always a cheesy title that just happened to have a large cult following that wanted a sequel and was extremely over-hyped despite few insights into what the game would be like. Not to mention the extremely long time it took between games. It is always troubling when a dev can't meet their own production goals, but we are far from this being a Duke Nukem Forever scenario. Even if Last Guardian comes out next year, that's just a mere 18-24 month departure from its original scheduled release. That is a long time, but it's far from unusual in the gaming industry, particularly for a game that is supposed to have so much going on in it.