Europeans Eagerly Awaiting Trenched Will Have to Wait a While Longer

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Posted by Alex (2168 posts) -

So, this is weird.

Not for European consumption.

Since Double Fine's mech combat tower defense game, Trenched, released to a fair bit of critical acclaim on Xbox Live Arcade last week, some European players have been baffled as to why the game hasn't seen release in their territory. Double Fine, by proxy of studio head Tim Schafer's Twitter feed, stated that they too were in the dark on the issue, and waiting for news (presumably from publisher Microsoft) just like everyone else.

That may be because the whole thing is kind of a big, honking screw-up on somebody's part. As it turns out, a Portuguese board game designer named Rui Alípio Monteiro owns the trademark on the name Trench (and presumably all derivations thereof) in pertinence to a board game he designed. The game has been around since 2007, and because of the trademark, Microsoft is evidently forbidden from releasing Trenched in several European territories.

Eurogamer contacted Monteiro, who simply confirmed the existence of the trademark and offered no additional comment, beyond a redirection to his website for info on the game. The board game in question also uses World War I as a theme, though is sadly lacking in mech suits and Rasputin-inspired, TV-obsessed bad guys.

Presumably, Double Fine could do a little patchwork to rename the game in the relevant territories, but sadly, it seems like no matter what ends up happening, some European players simply won't be able to play Trenched for at least a while longer. Perhaps they can take solace in the fact that Lucha Fury was released on XBLA in Europe last week with no hassle to speak of. And by take solace, I of course mean experience frequent bouts of unchecked, murderous rage.

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#1 Posted by Alex (2168 posts) -

So, this is weird.

Not for European consumption.

Since Double Fine's mech combat tower defense game, Trenched, released to a fair bit of critical acclaim on Xbox Live Arcade last week, some European players have been baffled as to why the game hasn't seen release in their territory. Double Fine, by proxy of studio head Tim Schafer's Twitter feed, stated that they too were in the dark on the issue, and waiting for news (presumably from publisher Microsoft) just like everyone else.

That may be because the whole thing is kind of a big, honking screw-up on somebody's part. As it turns out, a Portuguese board game designer named Rui Alípio Monteiro owns the trademark on the name Trench (and presumably all derivations thereof) in pertinence to a board game he designed. The game has been around since 2007, and because of the trademark, Microsoft is evidently forbidden from releasing Trenched in several European territories.

Eurogamer contacted Monteiro, who simply confirmed the existence of the trademark and offered no additional comment, beyond a redirection to his website for info on the game. The board game in question also uses World War I as a theme, though is sadly lacking in mech suits and Rasputin-inspired, TV-obsessed bad guys.

Presumably, Double Fine could do a little patchwork to rename the game in the relevant territories, but sadly, it seems like no matter what ends up happening, some European players simply won't be able to play Trenched for at least a while longer. Perhaps they can take solace in the fact that Lucha Fury was released on XBLA in Europe last week with no hassle to speak of. And by take solace, I of course mean experience frequent bouts of unchecked, murderous rage.

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#2 Posted by JoeyRavn (4973 posts) -

That's a pity. I really want to try the game.

#3 Posted by Cincaid (2956 posts) -

Give me Trenched damnit :(

#4 Posted by Aishan (1015 posts) -

I wonder why this didn't come up before release, This sort of thing is one of many reasons that publishers have a Legal department, right?

#5 Posted by Meltbrain (2970 posts) -

@CrazyChris said:

Give me Trenched damnit :(

Yeah, this thing is starting to get annoying now. :(

#6 Posted by Shane (152 posts) -

Just call it Schafer game no. 7 and put it out, it'll sell.

#8 Posted by Xealot42 (277 posts) -

TR3NCH3D?

Drenched?

Trenched: Combat Evolved?

The possibilities are endless!

#9 Posted by SockLobster (456 posts) -

Bomb Portugal

#10 Posted by Pie (7099 posts) -

  

#11 Posted by MisterMouse (3554 posts) -

ugh that is a bummer...

#12 Posted by Slaker117 (4842 posts) -

Wow, I didn't even release this was an Alex article until the last line.

#13 Posted by Damian (1538 posts) -

Call it... 

- Get Trenched 
- To Trench 
- The Trenchening 
- Trenchers
- Trenched: The Video Game 
 
... pick one and get it over there!

#14 Posted by Mijati (922 posts) -

Surely this is something you try and check a long long time before release. Seriously, why does stuff like this still happen?

#15 Posted by Vigorousjammer (2502 posts) -

call it "Brutal Trenchend"

#16 Posted by Clubvodka (417 posts) -

I live in England and this is the most ridiculous thing I've ever heard.

#17 Posted by Jeffk38uk (715 posts) -

They better check if Drenched is trademarked as well just in case.

#18 Posted by PedanticJase (58 posts) -

man was quite looking forward to this bummed out we'll have to wait.

#19 Posted by SpunkyHePanda (1665 posts) -

I have a lot of family in Portugal. I'll see what I can do.

#20 Posted by emilknievel (70 posts) -

What an asshole! 
"Hey, I have nothing to say to you right now, but hey! Check out my game at bla bla bla..."

#21 Posted by ZimboDK (848 posts) -

Just make it an abbreviation: Totally Rad and Extreme Not-mechs with Customizeable Heavy weapons, Ensuring Death.

#22 Posted by MachoFantastico (4687 posts) -

Absolute joke when you think about it, someone might be losing their job.

#23 Posted by Alphazero (1536 posts) -

Trenched is good. It does loot really well. Sorry Europe.

For the DLC (if there is any) I suggest some loot named, "The Portuguese Board Game" which keeps enemies from spawning for an indeterminate amount of time.

#24 Posted by eunao2 (117 posts) -

Being from Portugal I'll just laugh at the incompetence of some people in my country

#25 Posted by JasonLeeson (201 posts) -
@ZimboDK said:

Just make it an abbreviation: Totally Rad and Extreme Not-mechs with Customizeable Heavy weapons, Ensuring Death.

And the award goes to you, sir, for the creation of T.R.E.N.C.H.E.D.
#26 Posted by Cday (165 posts) -

How very Portugal of them.

#27 Posted by Greigo (19 posts) -

I don't get it the guys website has TRENCH as a registered trade mark not TRENCHED. I cant see trenched as a registered trade mark anywhere on there. It's not like they stole the guys logo.

Surely any game based on ww1 will have reference to trenches in it. Just do a deal with the guy and put a link to his obscure portuguese boardgame at the start of the game, I'm sure he would be glad of the publicity.

#28 Posted by SomeJerk (3251 posts) -

My rumour source from early last week told the truth, hell naw :<

#29 Posted by EJStyleS (32 posts) -

Make a US account, buy that shizzle with PayPal monies, then login with UK account. Shazam! In your face, copyright law!

#30 Posted by Maccoy (23 posts) -

trench is not trenched.....whoever gave him that right needs to take a look at how it goes with the whole EDGE thing.....
damn douche portuguese

#31 Posted by RAGEosaurus (137 posts) -

So he's the asshole stopping us from playing it....where do i send my death threats?

#32 Posted by fox01313 (5072 posts) -

Wonder if they can just call it Double Fine Presents: Trenched for the European title & get this out to everyone else.

#33 Posted by Christoffer (1818 posts) -

I'm awaiting Trenched on PC, but not eagerly, more sceptically and poutingly.

#34 Posted by RobertOrri (1131 posts) -

Oh trademark law, how I loathe you.

#35 Posted by Thundermunch (24 posts) -

@Jeffk38uk: We may be screwed on that account because of Fruity Drinks and Bottled Water!

http://www.staydrenched.co.uk/

#36 Posted by Greigo (19 posts) -

Isn't there a bottled water called drench!

#37 Posted by mracoon (4971 posts) -

Unfortunately there's some vitamin water over here in the UK called Drenched so they can't use that either.

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#38 Posted by Greigo (19 posts) -

What about Stench!

#39 Posted by Nadafinga (958 posts) -

@Alphazero said:

For the DLC (if there is any) I suggest some loot named, "The Portuguese Board Game" which keeps enemies from spawning for an indeterminate amount of time.

Nice!

#40 Posted by Sloktor (53 posts) -

Is this only for Portugal? I bought it last week living in Norway, though have a friend in Sweden unable to find it on the store.

#41 Edited by ionkinetic (123 posts) -

@SpunkyHePanda said:

I have a lot of family in Portugal. I'll see what I can do.

Thank you, much appreciated.

Also, ill take solace, with the Prince on one shoulder and an artillery cannon on the other.

Just call it xXTrenched420Xx

#42 Posted by chan05 (318 posts) -

Germany is also affected. It makes me so sad since this game is exactly what i want to play!

#43 Posted by Daiphyer (1337 posts) -

Who gives a shit about a Portuguese Board game?!?!?! GIVE ME TRENCHED ALREADY GODDAMMIT!!! 
 
/internetrage

#44 Posted by Vetterli (112 posts) -

The Trenched.

#45 Posted by Quipido (636 posts) -
@Sloktor said:

Is this only for Portugal? I bought it last week living in Norway, though have a friend in Sweden unable to find it on the store.

Not up in Czech Republic either.
#46 Posted by Ramone (2966 posts) -

Hope they sort this out soon however I do have a name suggestion: Trenched not Trench

#47 Posted by Robs_Knob (31 posts) -

At least I now know what the problem is..... all I need to do is get ma murderin axe a ticket to porto.

#48 Edited by SolidusMaximus (36 posts) -

@Jeffk38uk: Drench is actual a brand of bottled mineral water in the UK so Drenched might also not be able to be used. Their website http://www.staydrenched.co.uk/

#49 Posted by FlipperDesert (2086 posts) -

This is absolutely the worst and makes me hate copyright law. It's not even got the same name! 

#50 Posted by InternetJames (79 posts) -

Come on, I just want to play it!

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