Sony didn't renew Last Guardian trademark, listed as "abandoned"

According to trademark website Trademarkia, Sony has not renewed their trademark for the highly anticipated upcoming title from Team Ico, The Last Guardian, reports

The game has been in development for many years already by the team behind Shadow of the Colossus and ICO, but Sony has only rarely commented publicly on the game. Several times in the past year rumors have cropped up suggested the game has been cancelled, however Sony has denied them every time. 

However, recently, former Team ICO lead Fumito Ueda said in June that he was still working closely with the team on The Last Guardian (despite leaving the company a year before.)

Due to the common rumors of The Last Guardian's cancellation, it's tempting to jump quickly to the assumption that this is the final blow to the project: a stealth cancellation. However, we saw back in May that sometimes human error can lead to this issue as Ubisoft accidentally let their trademark for Brothers in Arms: Furious 4 lapse.

At this point it's a tantalizing story, but without many facts to back it up. We'll be watching this closely as Sony will likely issue a statement at some point in the near future. So far requests for comment have been met with the standard, "We don't comment on rumors and speculation."


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  • swine59238 - August 9, 2012 6:41 p.m.

    Deep breath everyone. It cost about 500 bucks to hire a firm to renew a mark, less if Sony has in house IP representation. Even if the game IS canceled, why would a multi billion dollar corporation allow it to lapse, risking a 3rd party swiping it up to do a mockbusters-esq release trading off the name? I actually work in an IP law firm, and I can tell you, it is ridiculously easy for stuff like this to fall through the cracks. It doesn't happen often, but when you're dealing with thousands and thousands of marks and patents (as any decent size firm would) occasionally there will be a mixup. Check back on a month and this will be reassigned to Sony. ( The Last Guardian, however, still won't ever come out...that's just a pipe dream at this point)
  • NullG7 - August 10, 2012 12:55 a.m.

    Hell I think that's sad and I dont even OWN a PlayStation. I was just hoping I could watch someone play this game on twitch or something.
  • The_King_of_Nothing - August 9, 2012 4:20 p.m.

  • Dadyo238 - August 9, 2012 3:05 p.m.

  • Sjoeki - August 9, 2012 12:48 p.m.

    Does make you wonder what Sony's plan was with exclusive games cause versus XIII's remains to be seen, nobody know's what's happening with Agent, Gran Turismo 5 was about 3 years to late and the last guardian had me worried for a while as well and this isn't making it look any better. I love my playstation but if you look at where sony was with the ps 2 and what's happening now, can't say I like it
  • Moondoggie1157 - August 9, 2012 1:27 p.m.

    Definitely a huge difference... It's kinda sad really.
  • Dante1924 - August 9, 2012 2:35 p.m.

    I especially love how Agent was announced at E3 2009(?), then was never heard from again. Not one screenshot, trailer, or pretty much anything since then. At least L.A Noire had a trailer!
  • aberkromby - August 9, 2012 12:34 p.m.

    Quick, somebody take the trademark for yourself. Just to piss of Sony.
  • Risonhighmer - August 9, 2012 12:18 p.m.

    I reeaaaaaaaaalllly hope this isn't true...
  • Robx - August 9, 2012 11:09 a.m.
  • onetimebuster - August 9, 2012 11:02 a.m.

    I was really looking forward to this but i had a bad feeling something was wrong but lets hope its ok.
  • HipsterKitten - August 9, 2012 11:02 a.m.

    I feel like I should get in there and trademark that so I can sell it back to them if it truly was just a lapse...
  • CitizenWolfie - August 9, 2012 11 a.m.

    Just throwing this into this mix - What if Sony/Team ICO have decided to call it something else? I'm trying to stay optimistic really but otherwise this doesn't sound like good news at all.
  • Andrew Groen - August 9, 2012 11:58 a.m.

    Very possible, but it doesn't seem likely that they'd drop the patent just because of that. They'd probably want to hang on to it just in case.
  • mockraven - August 9, 2012 10:55 a.m.

    I sincerely hope this is just a rumour and not fact. I've really been looking forward to The Last Guardian since it was first announced.
  • Andrew Groen - August 9, 2012 11:59 a.m.

    Well the trademark thing is definitely fact. Whether or not it actually means anything remains to be seen.
  • mockraven - August 9, 2012 4:23 p.m.

    I get ya on the trademark, but I'm hoping it's not fully abandoned. Probably, it is, but I'm still hoping in a sort of desperate way.
  • MasterBhater - August 9, 2012 10:49 a.m.

    The creator leaving? That news was kinda bad. The game not showing up at TGS or E3? Concerning, but still hopeful This? If it turns out to be true, it could be bad. VERY bad.
  • ninjaemperor - August 9, 2012 10:44 a.m.


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