Europe is getting ditched in the effort to release Double Fine’s highly recommended Trenched. Now hindered by copyright claims from game designer Rui Alípio Monteiro, who claimed the name “Trench” in Europe back in September of 2009, Microsoft and Double Fine have yet to announce their plans for resolving this issue. But wait – it gets better. Monteiro’s Trench is a board game that looks like a Monome crossed with UpWords, recounts the battles of the Great War, and has a trailer that uses stock footage, stock music, and stock sound effects of guns firing and bugles calling. So, you know, completely like a hybridized shooter/tower defense/RPG with hats.
Now that the board game entrepreneur has halted Trenched (trademarked May 13, 2011), does he have plans to actually release his game two years after the fact? Of course! And what better way to announce it than to also say that a video game is in the works!
“Although the original idea was to produce a board game, he has also registered the trademark for electronic Games, since part of Rui Alípio Monteiro’s global project is to turn Trench into an appealing electronic game, already in the development phase.”
You clever devil! Considering Trench has yet to even be announced for sale, this endless delay reeks of publicity stunts to garner sales more than a valid claim. This worry is only exacerbated by the claim from Portuguese Trench-handlers Criações a Solo that Monteiro has “the main goal of putting Trench in the international Hall of Fame of both classic electronic and board games.” A totally feasible goal, because we absolutely need another war board game – especially with no visual tie to its supposed era.
Developers for Trenched proper have taken no chances, staying mum thanks to legal concerns, but a group of hackers apparently took a bite out of Monteiro’s site. Upon checking it today, all was back to normal.