If you’re eagerly waiting for a localization announcement for Capcom’s upcoming PS4 exclusive Deep Down, there are good news. Despite the multiple delays of the beta in Japan, the publisher’s intention to release the game in the west appears to be still alive.
Capcom recently filed the second extension request for the obligation to send a Statement of Use to the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
Basically, every six month after the registration of a trademark, if a company still hasn’t provided proof that said trademark is being used in commerce in the country where it has been registered, an extension has to be requested, or the mark is canceled. This can be done up to five times before the mark is lost.
The extension request is quite relevant: according to trademark law it’s equivalent to a “sworn statement that the applicant still has a bona fide intention to use the mark in commerce, but needs additional time actually to use the mark.”
While this is no official confirmation that the game will be localized, it formally shows that Capcom intends to use the “Deep Down” trademark in the US. Hopefully the Japanese beta will be officially announced soon, with localization news in tow, maybe by E3.