Trademark and copyright laws can be incredibly finicky things. The latest product within the gaming sphere to fall victim to a trademark lawsuit is Ubisoft's God and Monsters, which you might remember was recently renamed to Immortals Fenyx Rising.
It turns out the renaming of the game was due to a trademark dispute from Monster Energy, the energy drink manufacturer. Opposition documents, filed by Monster Energy (and recently spotted by VideoGamesChronicle), claimed that Ubisoft's game would damage its business and impact involvement in the gaming industry, where Monster Energy is the sponsor of a number of esports teams and events.
This was in April, when Ubisoft's game was still very much called Gods and Monsters. Just two months later, Ubisoft would go on to confirm that the game had been renamed to Immortals Fenyx Rising, but the game's co-creative director assured VideoGamesChronicle that the decision to rename the game was a decision made from a purely creative standpoint.
Gods and Monsters was eventually renamed to Immortals Fenyx Rising, a name that was first uncovered in a trademark filing last month. We've now seen a gameplay demo of Fenyx Rising earlier this month at Ubisoft's Forward showcase, and we even had the chance to try the game out for ourselves, with Mike Williams writing that it reminded him of classic 3D platformers.
Immortals Fenyx Rising releases in just over two months time, on December 3, for the PC, PS4, Xbox One, Switch, and Google Stadia. Thanks to the box art of the PS4 version, we know that it'll at least have a free upgrade for those who purchase it on the PS4, and then upgrade to the PS5 later on.