Microsoft has lost another of its properties from yesteryear with Voodoo Vince becoming the latest to fall into the cold.
If you’re unfamiliar, Voodoo Vince was a platforming game exclusively for the original Xbox console and released back in 2003.
Voodoo Vince was developed by Beep Industries who’ve somewhat faded into obscurity over the years. It’s a shame really as they did a stellar job with Voodoo Vince, as noted by the favorable reviews at the time, not to mention that players showed an interest when Major Nelson brought it up with Xbox Chief Phil Spencer last year.
For those who still hold the demonic-looking SackBoy in high regard, there’s little hope for a sequel, at least not from Microsoft anyway as they recently lost the trademark.
It doesn’t necessarily mean that there won’t be a sequel, remake or reboot, it just means that somebody else could come along and snatch up the trademark, as we’ve seen done in the past by the likes of Night Dive and the No One Lives Forever franchise.
Microsoft have held onto the trademark for over a decade, but without being able to show that it’s actively being used for a commercial product, they lost it.
Section 8 of the Trademark Act, 15 U.S.C. §1058 is a regulation that requires a sworn declaration on the “continued use” of a trademark or “excusable nonuse,” to be provided between the 5th and 6th years and between the 9th and 10th years after the registration date.
Having failed that step, the trademark is now up for grabs.
I personally have some fond memories of the memorable platforming gameplay which harked back to the simpler days of gaming on the Nintendo 64 and original PlayStation.