The European Union Intellectual Property Office has received a trademark application from Halo and Destiny developer Bungie in the last few days, for a previously unknown IP currently titled “Matter“.
Nothing is known about the project at this stage (the information comes from the EUIPO via ResetEra). However, as you can see in the image above, something vaguely resembling a logo was submitted alongside the trademark application.
Which itself has, rather tellingly, been filed under categories 9 and 41 of the document.
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Category 9, for those of you that don’t have the document committed to memory, refers to Computer Game Software, specifically:
Computer game software downloadable from a global computer network. Video game software. Downloadable video games via the internet and wireless devices. Electronic game software for mobile and cellular telephones. Electronic game software for handheld electronic devices. Electronic game software for wireless devices. Game software. Interactive game programs. And interactive video game programs.
While category 41 denotes Online Entertainment Software:
Entertainment services, namely, providing video games and video game competitions via the Internet. Electronic games services provided by means of the Internet or other communication network. Electronic games services provided by means of the Internet. Entertainment services, namely, providing online electronic games. Organization of games and video game competitions. Providing on-line entertainment in the nature of electronic game tournaments Provision of on-line information in the field of computer games entertainment. Entertainment services, namely, non-downloadable video game software that allows users to create, modify, upload, download, share, preview, and publish user created interactive video game content, music, and other media files via a global computer network.
Could Bungie be working on another sprawling MMO? Or does Matter have something to do with the recent NetEase deal? We’ll just have to wait and see.