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Bethesda wants the developers of 'Prey for the Gods' to change the game's name

By Chong Jinn Wei - on 6 May 2017, 9:40am

Bethesda wants the developers of 'Prey for the Gods' to change the game's name

Indie developer No Matter Studios had to change the name of their upcoming Kickstarter-funded game ‘Prey for the Gods’ to ‘Praey for the Gods’.

No Matter Studios was forced to change the name of their game to 'Praey for the Gods' due to Bethesda’s dispute with the word ‘Prey’ in the title. <br> Image Source: Kotaku

The alteration came because of a trademark dispute by Bethesda due to the use of the word ‘Prey’. Prey is Bethesda’s sci-fi FPS that was officially released earlier this week.

Although the two games share almost nothing in common apart from a single word in the title; No Matter Studios did not want to be entangled in a complicated and drawn out legal dispute. The indie developer cited they were reluctant to use Kickstarter funds for court proceedings.

“The truth is we initially thought about naming the game ‘Præy for the Gods’ prior to our initial trailer. The logo has both the woman praying against the duality of prey, and thankfully we get to continue to use that. We figured people would have a hard time trying to type in the æ symbol in search engines etc. This was back in 2015 when we posted a trailer on Facebook and Twitter with had no idea if 100 or even 1000 people would watch the trailer,” said a representative from No Matter Studios.

No Matter Studios and Bethesda have since agreed to a compromise. The agreement states that No Matter Studios can still use the ‘Prey for the Gods’ logo that bears the stylized ‘e’, however they must always spell ‘Praey for the Gods’ whenever the game’s name appears elsewhere.

Source: Kotaku