Is Tales of Luminaria the Next Entry in Bandai Namco’s “Tales” Series?

BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Inc. (Bandai Namco), the multinational Japanese-based video game developer, has filed a brand new European trademark application for the mark “TALES OF LUMINARIA.” The mark was applied for on October 13, under international classes 009, 028, and 041 (see EUIPO Filing Number / WIPO Serial No. 018320283). The application describes the following list of goods and services:

IC 009: Printed circuit boards for video game machines; computer software for entertainment; computer game programs; memory cards; magnetic cards; computer memory devices; integrated circuit cards; phonograph records; pre-recorded compact discs; pre-recorded videotapes; pre-recorded video discs; controllers for personal computers; computer keyboards; headphones; keyboard covers; microphones; mouse [computer peripheral]; mouse pads; video screens; cell phone straps; downloadable pictures, motion pictures, movies, music and sound; downloadable electronic publications; additional data for computer games (downloadable); decorative magnets; mobile phone covers; cinematographic films; exposed slide films; mounts for slide films.

IC 028: Video game machines; video game machine cases; apparatus for games; coin-operated or non coin-operated amusement machines; coin-operated or non coin-operated amusement game machines; games; controllers for video game machines; playing cards and card games; hand-held electronic games; playthings; toys and dolls; slot machines [gaming machines]; board games; gymnastic and sporting articles; fishing tackle; scratch cards for playing lottery games.

IC 041: Amusement park services; amusement center services; organisation of competitions [education or entertainment]; organization of sports competitions; rental of records, compact discs or pre-recorded magnetic tapes; rental of pre-recorded video tapes, video disks and movie films; rental of amusement machines and equipment for amusement parks; rental of toys; arrangement of movies, performances, shows, plays, concerts or music events; film production other than advertising films; distribution of movies; cinema presentations; presentation of live performances; direction of plays; performance of plays; presentation of musical performances; production of radio programs; production of television programs; provision of audio studios; provision of visual studios; providing information about video games, computer games, amusement machines, amusement centers, amusement parks, sound, music, images, animation or movies through telecommunication or computer networks; providing video games, computer games, sound, music, images, animation or movies through telecommunication or computer networks; providing electronic publications through telecommunication or computer networks [not downloadable].

Bandai Namco is the video game publisher responsible for a myriad of video game titles, including Katamari Damacy: Reroll, Soul Calibur VI, The Dark Souls Trilogy, The Seven Deadly Sins: Knights of Britannia, and even mobile game such as Sword Art Online: Memory Defrag, Pac-Man, and Ms. Pac-Man.

While there has not been any official news about Luminaria released by Bandai Namco, the company is responsible for the RPG (role-playing game) “Tales” series of video games, which began in 1995 with Tales of Phantasia, the first installment in the franchise, to Tales of Arise, which was originally scheduled to release some time in 2020, but has been postponed to an undetermined release date.

If you’re interested in viewing the trademark application in full, feel free to check out the application on the EUIPO’s website or on the WIPO’s website.

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