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The Last Guardian Trademark Abandoned by Sony

Posted on February 16, 2015 at 1:20 pm by Stephen Janes

Last Guardian

The long awaited title The Last Guardian has essentially been abandoned by Sony, according to the United States Patent Office website. In development since 2007 with little to no updates about its progress, it sounds like Sony has officially pulled the plug although there is no confirmation on this yet.

The official reasoning as listed on the website is, “Abandoned because no Statement of Use or Extension Request timely filed after Notice of Allowance was issued.” Patents must be resubmitted in order to retain the rights every so often and without any sign of progress from Team ICO, it makes sense why Sony just decide to stop the bleeding and drop the project entirely.

Sony did mention last August that production on The Last Guardian was still going strong, although that statement has been used over and over again. Previously, the patent for the game had expired only to be renewed by Sony, not to mention it is possible the game will have a new name.

Originally announced in 2009 at E3, The Last Guardian was supposed to be a PlayStation 3 title until delays all but confirmed its push to the PlayStation 4. In other shocking news, there is still no word on if this game will ever see the light of day or not.

Stephen Janes is also co-host of the Pixelated Podcast and occasionally writes for this fabulous site. You can follow his gaming nonsense on Twitter.

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