God And Monsters' Name Was Changed Due To Legal Action

Joanna Estrada
September 16, 2020

Like Link, in fact, even the hero who can be interpreted in the adventure once known as Gods & Monsters will be able to freely explore a scenario full of puzzles to solve, of enemies to confront and of upgrades to unlock to evolve their equipment.

Based on files dug up by Techraptor, Monster Energy disputed the trademark used by Ubisoft for Gods and Monsters which led to the game being renamed to Immortals Fenyx Rising.

We will remind, Gods & Monsters announced in June 2019, but after 14 months, in September 2020, the game was re-presented to the public under a different name - Immortals Fenyx Rising.

It's a weird thing for Monster to fight Ubisoft over, and it's unlikely that it'll win, but legal battles can be lengthy and perhaps Ubisoft felt that it was safer to avoid delaying the game over something this silly.

It appears as though this dispute is what caused Ubisoft to change the name from Gods & Monsters to Immortals Fenyx Rising.

KitGuru says: What do you think of Monster Energy's claims?

A quick search on the Trademark Office website reveals 25 current pending notices of opposition to other companies using the name "Monster".

Immortals Fenyx Rising will be released on December 3 on PC (Uplay, Epic Games Store), PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, Nintendo Switch, and Stadia. The response from Ubisoft about halfway through May mentioned that "Ubisoft denies that Opposer will be damaged by registration of Ubisoft's marks and denies that Opposer is entitled to any relief". However, Ubisoft didn't want to sacrifice a massive amount of money and time just fighting the claim. "The change of name was entirely because of the vision of the game", game director Julien Galloudec told VGC in an interview last week.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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