I've been working on a game for around a year and a half named Planetfall, in which you build a colony on a new planet.

I've bee working on it with that title since before the announcement of Age of Wonders: Planetfall. The games have some overlapping mechanics and aesthetic, but other than that it would be clear that my game is not a clone or a rip-off.

I know that I probably should change the name anyway (so there's no confusion between the titles) but I was wondering what the legal status is of a title that was in development since before the announcement of another similar title. If I decided to go ahead and not change the name, what could happen?

  • \$\begingroup\$ Have you published any of your work while the game has been in development before Age of Wonders did? \$\endgroup\$ – TomTsagk Dec 10 '19 at 10:01
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    \$\begingroup\$ I wouldn't play around with this. Get a proper lawyer and ask the question. \$\endgroup\$ – Engineer Dec 10 '19 at 12:17
  • \$\begingroup\$ @TomTsagk Literally none of it was published \$\endgroup\$ – PixelArtDragon Dec 10 '19 at 12:19
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Engineer Oh, I don't plan on playing around with this. I plan to change the name. But I'm still curious as to what could happen. \$\endgroup\$ – PixelArtDragon Dec 10 '19 at 12:20
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    \$\begingroup\$ If you're asking here, you're playing around with it instead of getting formal legal advice. \$\endgroup\$ – Engineer Dec 10 '19 at 12:25

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