No Man's Sky has had an interesting and tumultuous road towards release. The company's studio was flooded, they had to delay the game recently, and now they've just finished a legal battle to retain the name of the title No Man's Sky.
Game Informer is reporting that studio head of Hello Games, Sean Murray, took to Twitter to explain that they just wrapped up a legal battle with the United Kingdom-based cable company, Sky. The company provides those in the U.K., with over-the-air cable access and they were suing Hello Games over the use of "Sky" in their game No Man's Sky. Murray took to Twitter to explain that the company managed to walk away from the legal battle victorious.
Game Informer notes that Sky also went after Microsoft at one point for the use of "SkyDrive", which ended with Microsoft having to change to OneDrive for the name of their online cloud storage service.
It's not surprising that Sky would go after Hello Games over the use of No Man's Sky, but it seemed like a frivolous lawsuit. Most times trademark lawyers will say that a company has to defend the use of certain trademarks lest they lose rights to it if they don't.
Murray doesn't go too far into the details on how long the battle for the name had been going on, but he does note that it was pretty "serious". He also seemed to learn a lot about trademark laws in the process.
This is just another hurdle that Hello Games had to overcome in trying to get No Man's Sky done and ready for its release on PC and PS4 this August. The game was originally set to release this June, following all the crazy happenings of E3, but for unknown reasons the game was delayed to August 9.
Some question and speculate if the lawsuit with the Sky network is what pushed the release of the game out of its early summer window and into the latter part of the season, but that wasn't readily clarified by Murray.
No Man's Sky has been on a lot of people's radar for the past couple of years. It's an ambitious game with a very large scale scope on what Hello Games hopes to achieve. A lot of people have been wondering how much gameplay depth and replay value will be made available, and according to some of the demonstration videos the game will have a ton of replayability. Players are able to craft, build, destroy, hunt and scavenge across a vast collection of vastly unique planets. The game has solar systems upon solar systems to explore, and countless planets within each cluster.
What's most surprising about No Man's Sky is the fact that there is an actual story in the game and that it can be completed if players can find a way to journey to the very center of the universe. That will be a fascinating thing to see.
You won't have to wait long for the game to release as it preps for the August 9th launch date on PC and PS4. And now that the legal trouble surrounding the name No Man's Sky is all cleared up, it's one less thing gamers and Hello Games have to worry about leading up to its release.