Wasteland Kings renamed 'Nuclear Throne' after branding dispute

Vlambeer avoids 'brand confusion' with InXile's Wasteland franchise

Wasteland Kings, the latest game from Super Crate Box and Ridiculous fishing developer Vlambeer, has been renamed 'Nuclear Throne'.

Vlambeer's Rami Ismail made the announcement via an official post on the studio's official blog, where he said the change comes after a branding dispute with InXile Entertainment over its similarly-titled 'Wasteland' franchise.


According to Rami, InXile CEO Brian Fargo raised concerns over brand confusion shortly after the game's announcement.

"We've been through a lot of trouble with people riding on things of ours, and we understand that American trademark law is pretty strict in that not defending a trademark weakens it. We realize that both games are set in a similar setting, that the names are similar and that InXile obviously felt the need to reach out. Although we aren't sure Wasteland Kings and Wasteland are confusing enough for this to be an issue, both us and InXile really don't want to spend development time on arguing over trivialities."

Rami goes on to compliment InXile for its amicable handling of the situation.

"Most of all, we appreciate that the first contact between us was by a normal employee, and not a lawyer," he said. "There was no extravagant Cease & Desist-letter, nor a threatening letter in an envelope labelled 'URGENT'. The e-mail we received was short, amicable and to-the-point. It was followed up by a quick conversation on Skype, in which we established that it would be the right thing for us to change the name."

Rami comically notes other titles considered for the title, including 'Genetic Miracles Fish & The Gang Vault Runners'.

Nuclear Throne is a top-down arcade shooter described by the studio as resembling a 'roguelike' - often shorthand for an action-focused RPG played though randomly generated dungeons.

The game is in development for PS4, Vita and PC via Steam and Humble. An early version of the game will be released via Steam Early Access for $12.99.