Yarny has run into some trouble in the US, as a recent attempt by EA to get Unravel trademarked was denied by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. The problem has to do with the fact that the title Unravel is too similar to that of a board game called Beary’s Unravel, though just about all similarities end with the name.
USPTO documents that were discovered by NeoGAF suggest that EA could end up having to change the name of Unravel, or at the very least add some sort of subtitle in order for the trademark to go through. Perhaps they’ll end up going with the subtitle of Yarny’s Epic Yarn? Oh wait…
According to the Beary’s Unravel creator’s website, the board game has you, “race against the other players each round to be the first to figure out who is holding the kite shown on the die roll. This is a great way for kids to practice holding attention and mentally tracing a route in their heads.”
Unravel is set to launch next month on February 9 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC. Members of EA’s Early Access platform will be able to play an unrestricted trial period version of the game on February 4.