The release of an in-development sequel to The Banner Saga could be hindered by a trademark dispute between developer Stoic and Candy Crush firm King.
As reported earlier, King has submitted a Notice of Opposition to the US Patent and Trademark Office, requesting that Stoic be refused the trademark for the name The Banner Saga. In response, Stoic has said in a new statement that it won't release its sequel without 'Saga' in the title.
"We won't make a viking saga without the word Saga, and we don't appreciate anyone telling us we can't," Stoic told Polygon.
"King.com claims they're not attempting to prevent us from using The Banner Saga, and yet their legal opposition to our trademark filing remains. We're humbled by the outpouring of support and honored to have others stand with us for the right to their own Saga. We just want to make great games."
In a statement earlier on Wednesday, King admitted, "We do not have any concerns that Banner Saga is trying build on our brand or our content," claiming that it "is not trying to stop Banner Saga from using its name".
Yet the Notice of Opposition stands. "Like any prudent company, we need to take all appropriate steps to protect our IP, both now and in the future," said King.
The Banner Saga is a turn-based RPG set in a fantasy Viking-themed land. It was Kickstarted in early 2012 and earned $723,000, smashing its $100,000 goal.