The Internet went up in arms over the weekend as a "Request for Express Abandonment" was filed for one of six Watch Dogs trademarks with the United States Trademark and Patent Office allegedly filed by Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot. If it was just the trademark for clothes or toys, people probably wouldn't care. Mess with the video game trademark, and the people start speculating.
Some people said the plug was being pulled so Ubisoft could rename the franchise to Watch_Dogs to keep up with Internet lingo and they were trying to look cool. Other people said the title would be rebranded into another Assassin's Creed game. One or two people even joked about it being called Watch Cats or Watch Doge instead.
Don't fret, Watch Dogs faithful. A new petition was filed yesterday with the USTPO by Ubisoft claiming that the request made over the weekend was fraudulent. Guillemot never submitted the request for abandonment and all six trademarks for the Watch Dogs brand are still active. With all that money they've already poured into the game, it doesn't make sense to try and abandon it only four months away from release. Besides, what good would the toys and clothes be without the video game?
Watch Dogs places you in Chicago as Aiden Pearce, who's greatest weapon is the city's own Central Operating System. Pearce is a gifted hacker and former street thug who can hack anything connected to the city-wide network in order to make it do whatever he wants. That skill will ultimately prove necessary to save both his family and himself. The story begins with the game's release June 30 -- tentatively.