I don't think this is cancelled, And as for assassins creed 5 I don't think so, but (AC4 Spoilers) it is in the same world as Abstergo, just inform those who don't know the cios system that is used in the city of chicago, and is hacked, is in Ac4 as a product made by Abstergo
Ubisoft abandons Watch Dogs trademark
Maybe there's a plot point that ties Watch_Dogs to the Assassin's Creed franchise
Isn't there something in Black Flag that does this?
Yeah, there's several things in AC4 to tie it to Watch Dogs:
- You can find some marketing material from the Bloom Corporation for the CtOS surveillance system if you hack a particular terminal.
- One of the primary plot points outside of the Animus involves you getting the location of an Abstergo investors meeting and giving it to the Assassins. That meeting is in Chicago which is the main setting for Watch Dogs. The head of Abstergo Entertainment that attends the meeting is assumed to be killed by the Assassins, so it's not too hard to imagine a hypothetical mission in Watch Dogs where you kill him.
Good, the name was terrible.
Watch Dogs does seem like a clever name that some programmer came up with, and for some reason it just took a long time for somebody to speak up and say that most people don't know what a watchdog timer is.
Isn't this a big deal? Didn't they do a fair amount of marketing already? I'm very interested to figure out what's going on, it's got to be something more than just the name right? If it's just changing the name it may one of the dumber things I've heard in a while.
That is chin strokingly clever! dual meanings in the title is a fun little thing. I quite liked the title, had an air of big brother / 1984 about it.
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I'm guessing the AC series was starting to dwindle down and Ubi was looking to start up a new franchise. Black Flag probably did really well, Ubi saw no desire in dumping marketing dollars into a new IP, and will change Watch Dogs into AC:Future Times.
Or, with the new Sleeping Dogs possibly being a F2P IOS game where you must spend 50 dim sum to get Wei to punch faster (1 punch every 48 hours, otherwise. 999 Dim Sum $99 USD BEST VALUE!) , Ubi was afraid that, like all F2P games, Square would TM the hell out of "Interactive entertainment with player input on a control device that uses the word Dog in the title".
Just because you are not claiming trademark on a title does not mean you can not publish that title. That only means you have no legal protection from someone making a game with a similar title. There are a lot of titles out there that do not have a trademark attached to them.
Its not real
Who watches the Swatch_dawgz?
So fraudulent how? Can just any jackass with a keyboard can file to abandon a huge corporation's trademark?
Who ever did this is in big trouble for this fraud and impersonating the CEO of Ubisoft, maybe it was a disgruntled employee, but more than likely this is all a publicity stunt. The company making a game about hacking and identity theft suddenly has it's trademark abandoned by someone impersonating the CEO, how conveeeeeeeeeeeeeeenient. It kind of fits in nicely with the Watch_Dogs theme of identity thief vigilantes and Ubisoft being part of Abstergo. Like someone is after them.
There's zero chance of this being cancelled so I'm not too worried.
Remember Prey 2. Never forget.
Pretty different cases. Prey 2 only existed as the E3 demo they showed off, WD on the other hand had been shown off numerous times and even had a PS4 bundle and the delay happened really late.
@chaser324: A watchdog timer is named after a real thing, a watch dog. Like you have at junkyards and such. You don't have to be a programmer to have an appreciation for the name of the game, as it is riffing on the real-world watch dogs as much as on the computer tech thing.
It might not be completely cancelled. It could be one of those cases where Watch Dogs died so that (some other game) might live.
Reading that page -
During early development, The Last of Us was initially conceptualized as a more realistic interpretation of the Jak & Daxter universe. As such, Jak was to be a regular human being, and Daxter would function like an ordinary weasel -- most notably lacking the ability to talk. This idea was eventually scrapped, and Naughty Dog quickly settled on creating a new IP instead.
Well, I'm really glad they changed it, because what were they originally smoking?
Or its all a hoax..
Really guys? You actually believed this? Even if Ubisoft would decide to kill the game, they would never ever ever ever abandon the trademark just like that.
Well, it is true that someone masquerading as Ubisoft filed for a cancellation of the trademark, so it's not like there was no basis to pull the idea from. The real question (and I'm sure Ubisoft would love to know the answer to this) is who filed for the cancellation in their name? Because I'm pretty sure that forgery of such documents is a crime.
but more than likely this is all a publicity stunt. The company making a game about hacking and identity theft suddenly has it's trademark abandoned by someone impersonating the CEO, how conveeeeeeeeeeeeeeenient. It kind of fits in nicely with the Watch_Dogs theme of identity thief vigilantes and Ubisoft being part of Abstergo. Like someone is after them.
You don't seriously believe this right? Fucking around with the United States Patent Office doesn't seem like a good idea.
@bisonhero: And now that it looks like it's all a hoax pushes me further into the PR stunt conspiracy theory camp. I've followed Alice down the rabbit hole and there's no going back.
If Ubisoft perpetuated a hoax, they would face legal trouble for attempting to play with the trademark office for their personal gain. They would have absolutely nothing to gain from doing something that stupid.
According to Polygon, the original request was fraudulent, and they already petitioning the director of the USPTO to prevent the abandonment...
A new filing submitted today with the United States Patent and Trademark Office, is petitioning the director of the office to prevent the abandonment, saying that original request was fraudulent.
"On February 1, 2014, Ubisoft Entertainment received an email from TEAS@uspto.gov notifying Ubisoft Entertainment that a Request for Express Abandonment had been filed in connection with Application Serial No. 85642398," according to the filing. "The Request for Express Abandonment purports to be signed by the Chief Executive Officer of Ubisoft Entertainment, Yves Guillemot.
"Mr. Guillemot, however, did not sign the Request for Express Abandonment, nor did Ubisoft Entertainment file the Request for Express Abandonment. The Request for Express Abandonment is fraudulent and was not filed by Ubisoft Entertainment or its representative."
The petition is requesting that the director of the Patent and Trademark Office revive Ubisoft's trademark for Watch Dogs "promptly."
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