Game developer Stoic says that the sequel to The Banner Saga is basically on hold while it faces a trademark challenge from Candy Crush maker King. King filed for the trademark "Candy" as it relates to games, and it challenged Stoic's filing because of the term "Saga." Now Stoic is saying that it can't imagine making a game about Vikings without using the word.
"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."
On Wednesday King said that it had no plans to stop Stoic from making a sequel: "We do not have any concerns that Banner Saga is trying build on our brand or our content," adding that it "is not trying to stop Banner Saga from using its name."
But its Notice of Opposition with the USPTO has not been withdrawn.
"Like any prudent company, we need to take all appropriate steps to protect our IP, both now and in the future," said King.
In case you didn't know, The Banner Saga is a turn-based RPG set in a fantasy realm populated by Vikings. The game was Kickstarted in early 2012 and earned $723,000, on a crowd-funding goal of $100,000.