Tuesday, February 09, 2010

This just in: NIS America angers Batman (and Warner Bros.), alters game titles

Take a good, long look at the following box fronts, folks, because this is the last time you're going to see the Holy Invasion of Privacy, Badman! logo on a video game.

From now on, NIS America's real-time strategy series will go by the far less witty What Did I Do to Deserve This, My Lord!?

According to a press release the Santa Ana, Calif.-based company sent out a short while ago, "the original title had a conflict of interest with an existing IP and it was not NIS America’s intention to create any conflict."

The new title, the press release continued, "is intended to better represent the game’s whacky retro dungeon world and connect the player’s awareness with the overall theme of the game."

In related news, NIS America has pulled the original Holy Invasion of Privacy, Badman!, er, What Did I Do to Deserve This, My Lord!? from the PlayStation Store and has delayed the release of its sequel until May 4.

Pre-order: What Did I Do to Deserve This, My Lord!? 2

See also: 'NIS America: Holy Invasion of Privacy, Badman! 2 will be a twofer'


Viewtiful_Justin said...

Boo an hiss. This has gotten SO out of hand. I mean, really...these laws are ridiculous. They didn't call it Batman. They said BADMAN, which sounds similar but is totally different. Apparently now homophones are off limits. Great. So is there going to be a lawsuit against Super Meat Boy because it starts with Super?

Bryan Ochalla said...

Yeah, I'm not sure how this is possible, to tell you the truth. Granted, I'm no expert in copyright laws, but it seems like you should be able to do what NIS America was trying to do.