The Saga Continues
Stoic have responded to the, frankly, embarrassing trademark dispute that came to light yesterday. Shockingly, they were rather displeased with the whole affair, even after King qualified that they don't really think it's an infringement in the first place. Wait, did I say despite? I mean because! Because that doesn't make it any better kiddos, that makes it a whole hell of a lot worse. See, we have a name for that where I come from. Deliberately misleading people. We call it fraud.
Anyhoo. Speaking with our colleagues at Polygon, they had the following to say on the matter.
"We won't make a viking saga without the word Saga, and we don't appreciate anyone telling us we can't. Two years ago, the three of us at Stoic set out to make an epic Viking game: The Banner Saga. We did, and people loved it, so we're making another one. We won't make a Viking saga without the word Saga, and we don't appreciate anyone telling us we can't.
"King.com claims they're not attempting to prevent us from using The Banner Saga, and yet their legal opposition to our trademark filing remains. We're humbled by the outpouring of support and honored to have others stand with us for the right to their own Saga. We just want to make great games.
"They've blocked our trademark and extended the deadline for the opposition twice so that we are unable to have the rights to the name. Essentially, we are not allowed to own the name 'The Banner Saga' for our game about a viking epic, because King.com says they have claimed rights to the noun 'saga,' which means 'a viking epic,' forever more in the realm of games."
Frankly, I think King's behaviour is thoroughly disgraceful. Though I freely admit there is some degree of bias on my part. I was deeply affected by my time spent playing The Banner Saga, though I will qualify that is with good reason. Frankly, this whole thing is a farce, and the sooner it is put behind us, the better.