'Skate 4' Could Finally Be Dead As EA Abandons Trademark
Like £1 notes, Voyager 1, and my dad, Skate 4 is gone - and it's probably never coming back. We've danced around the subject of a fourth entry in the EA skateboarding franchise since 2010 and have had nothing to show for our troubles but vague comments and broken dreams.
The source of my newfound pessimism comes via GamesRadar, who report that EA has abandoned the trademarked for the Skatefranchise. Again. I don't know much about business, but I assume that you don't ditch a trademark for a franchise if you intend to... you know, do something with that franchise in the near future.
Excitement kickflipped back into gear in February last year when EA re-filed its ownership of the Skate IP with the US Trademark and Patent Office back in February. Naturally, many of us believed this meant EA was gearing up to announce news of a long awaited fourth entry. What fools we were.
GamesRadar has since discovered that not only did EA ditch the IP again, they did it bloody ages ago. According to their report, the publisher quietly abandoned the trademark back in August. As evidenced over on the legal resource site Justia, the reason behind the Skate filing getting left behind came down to EA's "failure to respond" to certain correspondence over the application... whatever that means.
Fans have spent the better part of a decade waiting for Skate 4, and yet EA continuously spurns our wishes like a Victorian workhouse owner coldly belittling the children's requests for more gruel. The publisher confirmed back in a 2017 financial call that the game wasn't in development, nor did it surface at E3 2018, despite persistent rumours that it would. Damn you, persistent rumours.
With all this said, it does look like there's another, active trademark for Skate listed on Justia. This one appears to have been filed by EA in June this year, though I'm really not entirely sure what's going on there.
Did someone at EA accidentally re-file the trademark when they had no need to? Is that even possible? I do not know. Aren't you glad you clicked on this article?
What I do know is that it might be time to abandon the dream of Skate 4 for good. It's been nearly ten years, I'm not getting any younger, and EA clearly has little interest in reviving the franchise. Now, given my propensity for being wrong about things like this, we should be able to expect a Skate 4 announcement in the next day or so. Thank me later.
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