The Last Guardian

PlayStation fans around the country were panicking earlier today when, according to gaming-news site Gematsu, Sony abandoned its U.S. trademark for The Last Guardian, a highly anticipated PlayStation 3 adventure-platformer originally announced in 2009.

The U.S. patent office considers a trademark abandoned when a company does not use it after a certain period of time. Sony originally filed for its trademark on June 2, 2009.

GamesBeat reached out to Sony for comment, specifically to see if The Last Guardian was still in development. Sony Computer Entertainment America’s director of product publicity Ron Eagle responded, “We can confirm that The Last Guardian is still in development, and [Sony] will be publishing the title.”

In other words, the game is still coming, but it might in for a name change.

So there you have it! Everyone can relax. Hopefully we’ll be hearing more about the anticipated followup to critical darlings ICO and Shadow of the Colossus soon.