Tactical FPS Ready or Not is back on Steam today after a trademark dispute was resolved.
Yesterday, developer Void Interactive tweeted that it was a “proposed trademark infringement” of its “current Night Club map,” which was introduced earlier this week as part of the Early Access game’s latest update.
“We take IP concerns very seriously and have made a good faith decision to remove the material in question and all references to it from Ready or Not and from all of our social media or other postings,” said Void (thanks, NME).
As a result, the game was removed from the Steam store while the team “complete[d] the changes”, although the alleged reasons for the removal only became known two days after it went offline.
Now the problem is probably fixed, the shooter is back on sale. However, the developer paused to detail what the trademark dispute entailed, although some players speculate that the nightclub mentioned in the update was a bit too similar to that of a UK chain of venues.
Ready or Not is back on Steam and available again!
We deeply regret this downtime and hope it wasn’t too inconvenient.https://t.co/mc5IKZo98p
— VOID Interactive (@VOIDInteractive) June 18, 2022
“Attention Officers, Ready or Not is back on Steam and available again!” Void tweeted yesterday. “We deeply regret this downtime and hope it was not too inconvenient.”
It’s not the first time the shooter has run into trouble, as Void Interactive lost the publisher for Ready or Not days after comments suggested it would involve a school shooting mission. The game was released in Early Access on December 17, but in a statement on Twitter shortly after, Void Interactive