Activision finally gives up trademark for True Crime series

Back in the early 2000’s, True Crime series came out on PS2, Xbox, GameCube and PC. It was a Grand Theft Auto III clone which was kind of over-the-top but still fun and bred an additional sequel several years later.

If you have waited patiently for a sequel following True Crime: New York City in 2005, well, bad news: Activision, the series’ rights holder, has no interest in resuscitating the open-world crime series following a trademark expiration notice appearing online.


The True Crime‘s trademark (US serial number “78067332”) was created on June 5th, 2001, about a year before the game’s release, still a new notice appearing to be filed on December 19th, 2014 shows that the federal trademark for the series has now expired and been abandoned.

While the notice is clear that True Crime may be sleeping with the fishes at this point, it’s currently uncertain whether Activision has completely abandoned the trademark or does plan to revive the series at a later time.

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