Candy Crush Saga developer King has turned out to be a corporate bully, trademarking commonplace words like "candy" and "saga" for use in video games. Just trademarking the words isn't bullying, but opposing a trademark and then admitting it's different from yours makes the situation tougher for new developers. In spite of King's recent opposition to The Banner Saga trademark, however, Stoic has announced plans for another new viking game, and yes, it will be a saga.
They've released this brief statement on their website:
"Two years ago, the three of us at Stoic set out to make an epic viking game: The Banner Saga. We did, and people loved it, so we’re making another one. We won’t make a viking saga without the word Saga, and we don’t appreciate anyone telling us we can’t.
"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."
For those of you that haven't caught our livestreams of The Banner Saga or played the game for yourselves, it's a tactical RPG where your choices both in and out of combat gradually shape the course of a fantasy story that very well could have been taken out of a collection of tales from Norse culture.
You don't grind your way through random battles, with a major aspect being the preparation for the next big fight. But you do have to manage your supplies and decide what's best for your group -- even if that means leaving one of your favorite vikings for dead.