Remember Deep Down? I wouldn’t be surprised if it slipped under your radar, given Capcom’s stubborn silence on the issue. A few months ago the publisher mentioned that the game’s beta and release on PS4 would take more time, and that it’d come with a completely overhauled vision, and then nothing.
Looks like the game hasn’t just yet moved into vaporware realm, as the company just filed (on August 3rd) and obtained (in August 6th) the third extension for the trademark with the US Patent and Trademark office.
The statement is motivated with “applicant continues to conduct product and/or service research or development with respect to the allowed good and services,” indicating that the project is still going on.
The publisher can request an extension up to a maximum of five times, so they still have two more rounds. This means that the game needs to come out in 18 months, or the trademark will be lost.
This also keep hopes for a localization alive, as the extension request is legally considered the equivalent of a sworn statement that the registrant has the intention of using the trademark in the country where it has been registered.
At the very least this keeps hopes alive. Maybe we’ll hear more at Tokyo Game Show, even if I prefer to assume that we won’t and maybe be pleasantly surprised.