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No Man's Sky dev says it was caught in 'secret, stupid' legal battle over game's name

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No Man's Sky developer Sean Murray says his studio was involved in a lengthy legal battle with British telecom company Sky over the game's name, but that the two parties have recently resolved their differences.

"Yay! We finally settled with Sky (they own the word 'Sky')," Murray said on Twitter. "We can call our game No Man's Sky. 3 years of secret stupid legal nonsense over."

Murray said the situation "was pretty serious," though he joked, "On the plus side perhaps this is the real reason Skynet never happened." We've reached out to Murray for details on the settlement and to Sky for comment.

No Man's Sky was recently delayed from June to August. Murray chalked up the delay to quality reasons, saying, "some key moments needed extra polish to bring them up to our standards."

In 2013, Microsoft faced a similar product-naming snafu. The company's cloud storage program SkyDrive was renamed OneDrive after an English court decided Microsoft's use of the term SkyDrive infringed Sky's trademark.

No Man's Sky is bound for PlayStation 4 and Windows PC on Aug. 9.

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