Speculation: Blizzard Entertainment and Metal Arms Trademark Updated

Before going into details, let’s take a short trip through memory lane with some facts and dates to refresh your memory or to inform fans new to Blizzard.

  • StarCraft: Ghost was originally developed by Nihilistic, but later the game passed to the hands of Swingin’ Ape Studios.
  • Blizzard Entertainment purchased Swingin’ Ape Studios. (May 16, 2005)
  • StarCraft: Ghost was postponed indefinitely (not officially cancelled)(March 24, 2006)

Metal Arms: Glitch in the System was a Third-person shooter video game developed by Swingin’ Ape Studios back in 2003 and it was published by Sierra. However, as I posted last year, Blizzard Entertainment acquired the trademark from Sierra. (around May 2014)

We have seen Blizzard acquire video games formerly developed by them (i.e. The Lost Vikings, Blackthrone and Rock’n Roll Racing) from Interplay. However, Blizzard published these games for the GameBoy Advance afterwards.

We haven’t seen any Metal Arms games announced by Blizzard Entertainment … yet?

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Speculation: Blizzard Entertainment and Metal Arms Trademark Updated

The latest update to the Metal Arms trademark was updated on September 25, 2014 by the Dublin law firm which represents Blizzard Entertainment in Europe. That may not mean much, except there is an intriguing change.

Speculation: Blizzard Entertainment and Metal Arms Trademark Updated

This is how the trademark looked like back in 2003:

IC 009. US 021 023 026 036 038. G & S: Computer game software [ and instruction manuals sold as a unit therewith ].

This is how it looks in the present:

Computer game software, computer game discs, downloadable computer game software, computer game software downloadable from a global computer network, interactive multimedia computer game programs; Downloadable electronic game software for use on portable electronic devices such as mobile and cellular phones, laptops, handheld computers, and tablet PCs.

Interesting bit there taking in mind some chronological facts:

  • Metal Arms launched in 2003
  • The first iPhone launched in 2007.
  • The first Android launched in 2008.
  • The iPad (generation 1) was launched in April 3, 2010.

This Metal Arms trademark update may definitely stir some discussion in the community — whether this new update means Blizzard might have plans for the IP. These devices didn’t even exist when Swingin’ Ape Studios originally launched Metal Arms: Glitch in the System for the GameCube, PlayStation 2, and the original Xbox.

**Blizzard Entertainment has not made any official announcements concerning Metal Arms.

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