/This action RPG may have the funniest name change in gaming history

This action RPG may have the funniest name change in gaming history

A knight is seen holding a sword in a dark room as sunlight pours in from the ceiling.

Image: hexworks

In a world where Google shapes everything, determining whether or not information is available to the average person based on key search terms, changing the name of a product or service can be a big step. In some cases it can help, because moving away from provisional titles and establishing definitive ones, such as The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom finally getting its official name after years of Nintendo calling it “The Sequel to breath of the wild” helps solidify his identity and gives us more definitive ways to talk about him. Then we have a name change like what just happened with the lords of the fallenthe 2014 sequel lords of the fallen. The sequel is launching the first one”He” in its title, making it —so it is—lords of the fallenthe exact same name as the original game.

The name change officially went into effect during a GDC tech showcase video that discusses some of the advanced graphical aspects of the game running on Unreal Engine 5, as opposed to developer Hexworks’ proprietary engine.

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There’s some pretty cool stuff on the tech side, like how the armor sets adapt to the player’s slider-based body type and how the game seamlessly switches between its two parallel worlds. But along with all that, the name has changed to the same one the original game used almost a decade ago. With such a distance between the two, it probably doesn’t matter that the two games share a title.

The initial title difference felt evocative of the recent suicide squad and the suicide squad movies, so perhaps more companies will be comfortable with removing the typical naming conventions for a sequel that makes a difficult division between games with a number or subtitle. the 2018 God of War and 2013 tomb Raider It turned out well and didn’t deal with too many branding issues. Normally this kind of going back to the original name works like a reset, and maybe with that much distance between the original, Lords of the Fallen (2023) he falls into that territory, even though his first name didn’t really convey that he was part of a series.

lords of the fallen it is scheduled to arrive on PC, PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X / S in 2023.