The ongoing trademark dispute over the use of the word 'saga' by developers King and Stoic could hinder the development and naming of Stoic's sequel to The Banner Saga, developers at the studio told Polygon.
Speaking to Polygon, Stoic's Alex Thomas said the studio has plans to make a sequel to The Banner Saga, and that it filed for a trademark for the game's title before King filed its own trademark for the word 'saga'. "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," Thomas said. "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."
Stoic also released an official statement to Polygon today saying that it is determined to continue using the word 'saga' in its game titles despite legal filings from King.
"Two years ago, the three of us at Stoic set out to make an epic viking game: The Banner Saga," the statement read. "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."
King issued its own statement today, explaining that the company's opposition to the use of 'saga' in The Banner Saga was not an attempt to stop the studio from using its name.
"We do not have any concerns that Banner Saga is trying [to] build on our brand of our content. However, like any prudent company, we need to take all appropriate steps to protect our IP, both now and in the future," the studio, which owns the trademark for the word 'saga', said in its statement.
"In this case, that means preserving our ability to enforce our rights in cases where other developers may try to use the Saga mark in a way which infringes our IP and rights and causes player confusion. If we had not opposed Banner Saga's trademark application, it would be much easier for real copy cats to argue that their use of 'Saga' was legitimate."
The full statement from King can be read here.