Wasteland Kings has been renamed to avoid a trademark dispute. Super Crate Box and Ridiculous Fishing developer Vlambeer revealed that it has changed the name of its post-apocalyptic rogue-like shooter Wasteland Kings to Nuclear Throne. The name change comes after a branding dispute with inXile Entertainment, whose members made the original Interplay game Wasteland.
Vlambeer's Rami Ismail made the announcement via an official post on the studio's official blog. According to Rami's public comments on the matter, InXile CEO Brian Fargo raised concerns with his company over possible 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 say that InXile was amicable in the way it handled 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."
Nuclear Throne is being developed for PS4, Vita, and PC. The game will be made available on PC through Steam and the Humble Bundle. The game was created earlier this year as part of the Humble Mojam Bundle. Check out the nifty footage to your left to see the game in action.