An indie team of three creating the game Prey for the Gods have been forced to change their name after trademark law frat boy Bethesda/ZeniMax started swinging their dick around.
Prey for the Gods is an action RPG focused on boss fights being developed by a little team called No Matter Studios. Unfortunately for this little Action RPG the title Prey for the Gods is a little to close to the game Prey recently released by BetheniMax. A word they apparently own and are the only one’s who are allowed to use.
Prey for the Gods is now known as Praey for the Gods (?) which is a made up word so they have complete control over it. Better hope God doesn’t come down and
Smite punish you for using his name too. I don’t think anyone was going to confuse the FPS Prey with this indie action RPG but there you go.
To be fair to No Matter Studios they have said that this battle could have been fought in court for the right to the use the title but it would have been a waste of their loyal Kickstarter Backers money. Good on them, the quote can be seen below.
“We could’ve fought this and we did think about it for quite a while. Something like a trademark opposition can be long and depending on how far someone wants to fight it can be very expensive.”
“This is really something no starting company should have to deal with let alone a tiny team of 3. So the fact that we came out the other end intact still developing the game was a win. One that will no doubt shape our company moving forward.”
Previously Bethesda’s lawyers have gone after a mobile game called Fallout Fortress forcing the rename to Fury Fortress and after Mojang’s game Scrolls due to Elder Scrolls. That was probably going to be shit anyway.