Fans waiting for The Last Guardian had a scare yesterday when the game's trademark was abandoned, according to the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). However, Sony was quick to respond and said the game is still in development.
The change in trademark status is due to what the company called an "administrative error." Sony Computer Entertainment America extended the trademark use three times since June 25, 2013, and the trademark process began one year before that on August 13, 2012. However, it seems that Sony didn't file a new extension for the trademark after the USPTO sent a notice of renewal on July 11, 2014.
At press time, the trademark status is still "abandoned because no Statement of Use or Extension Request timely filed after Notice of Allowance was issued," but Sony is reassuring fans that the game is still under development by Team Ico, which made two notable games: Ico and Shadow of the Colossus.
The trademark is the latest batch of news from the long-awaited title. The Last Guardian was initially for the PlayStation 3 in 2009, but the game could make its debut on the PlayStation 4 if it sees the light of day in the near future. Other than The Last Guardian, the other highly-anticipated game that players are eagerly waiting to see is Valve's Half-Life 3, but there isn't a single confirmation that the game is actually in development.