The general who advances without coveting trademarks and retreats without fearing disgrace, whose only thought is to protect his well-received video game and do good service for his customers, is the jewel of the kingdom.
- Sun Tzu, from "The Art of Modern Warfare."
Microsoft has announced at Gamescom that Trenched
, Double Fine's cooperative tower defense game for Xbox Live Arcade, will stomp into Europe this September. It will arrive as "Iron Brigade," a reference to the game's lumbering mechs that might as well be fueled by pure testosterone.
It also marks a retreat from the battle
against an "intent to use" trademark for the board game "Trench," whose creators hope to adapt it into a video game. Rather than having burly, Microsoft-funded goons snap the puny and utterly fragile board game across their knees, the legal and marketing experts opted for a change in name instead. Let's just hope you weren't going to use "Iron Brigade" as the title for your upcoming American Civil War sim.