No Man's Sky Will Get to Keep Its Name After "Secret Stupid Legal Nonsense"
Three years of legal proceedings have ended.
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Hello Games has announced that No Man's Sky will get to keep its name after settling some "secret stupid legal nonsense." Studio boss Sean Murray announced the settlement deal with British broadcasting company BSkyB across a series of tweets recently.
He said the legal battle had been going on for three years. Sky was also the company that, in January 2014, emerged victorious against Microsoft over "Skydrive." This name was changed to "Onedrive" as a result of the legal action. As Murray says, "This is the same folks who made Microsoft change Skydrive to Onedrive... so it was pretty serious."
Yay! We finally settled with Sky (they own the word "Sky"). We can call our game No Man's Sky. 3 years of secret stupid legal nonsense over— Sean Murray (@NoMansSky) June 17, 2016
This is the same folks who made Microsoft change Skydrive to Onedrive... so it was pretty serious— Sean Murray (@NoMansSky) June 17, 2016
On the plus side perhaps this is the real reason Skynet never happened...— Sean Murray (@NoMansSky) June 18, 2016
@roncarmel on the plus side, I now know more about trademark law than any sane man would ever want to— Sean Murray (@NoMansSky) June 18, 2016
Whether or not this legal action has anything to do with No Man's Sky's no-show at E3 last week remains to be seen. No Man's Sky was recently delayed from June to August, but the legal proceedings were not cited as the reason.
Instead, Hello Games said, "The universe of No Man's Sky is incredibly vast. More than you can imagine. This is a type of game that hasn't been attempted before, by a smaller team than anyone would expect, under an intense amount of expectation."
In April, Murray talked about why No Man's Sky was almost canceled and shared a story about snubbing Kanye West (sort of).
No Man's Sky is now scheduled to arrive on August 9 in North America, followed by August 10 in Europe, and August 12 in the UK.