Rockstar Games parent company Take-Two has hit the co-op video game ‘It Takes Two’ with a trademark strike.
It Takes Two which was released in March 2021 is from the creative mind of Josef Fares. This is the then indie developer who brought us Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons. Before merging with EA with the Hazelight Studios responsible for A Way Out as well as It Takes Two.
Unfortunately, it has been reported that publisher Take-Two has taken exception to the name “It Takes Two” by filing a trademark and rather than getting into an expensive legal battle, it seems that Hazelight Studios has abandoned ownership of the name.
In a statement provided to Eurogamer, a Hazelight Studios spokesperson said that they “cannot comment on ongoing disputes”, however, they are “hopeful it will be resolved” soon. Eurogamer also contacted Take-Two for comment, but the publisher is yet to respond.
Hazelight are hopeful for a resolve
At this time, we do not know if Hazelight Studios will have to change the name of its game or worst still, remove it from sale. Let’s hope that the latter especially, does not happen.
In my opinion, it’s a shame that the giant publisher has made such an aggressive move on the Hazelight Studios game. After all, does this mean that no forthcoming video games can have the words “takes two” in the title? Does this also mean that Take-Two can claim legal rights to these everyday words? That remains to be seen.
That being said, It Takes Two is a fantastic game and it’s available to play on Xbox Game Pass Ultimate via EA Play. If you subscribe to neither, I can wholeheartedly recommend picking up the game because it’s a fantastic co-op title.
While It Takes Two is developed by Hazelight Studios, it is also published by Electronic Arts. So, it will be interesting to see if EA responds to the legal claims of Take-Two. As they say, watch this space.
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