|Digital Release:||PlayStation 4
November 25, 2014 (US)
|Delisting (approx):||Between May and October 9th, 2015|
Speakeasy was confirmed delisted on the PlayStation 4 no later than October 9th, 2015 but may have been removed as early as May.
October 9th is the first mention found of the game’s removal, posted by a Limited Run Games staff member in reply to a comment on NeoGAF. The post mentions that the game was removed “more recently” and was delisted due to a lawsuit of some kind. Shortly after, on October 14th, a PlayStationTrophies.org forum post corroborated the information but provided no further detail.
Earlier in the year, developer Super Soul stopped posting, promoting and otherwise mentioning Speakeasy on social media by mid-February. Archive.org shows the game’s homepage at SpeakeasyFight.com last available on February 21st, 2015. The next capture on May 11th, 2015 and all following captures show the site offline with a redirect to Super Soul’s homepage.
A search of the WIPO Global Brand Database at the time of this writing returned over 50 trademarks on the term “speakeasy” that were active through the game’s development and early release period of late 2014. It is assumed that the lawsuit in question would have been over the game’s name and probably happened in February when Super Soul stopped talking up the title. The outcome of the litigation presumably resulted in Speakeasy being removed from sale while its below average reception didn’t inspire Super Soul or publisher Gun Media to fight the decision.
About the Game
“Heavily inspired by Rock-Paper-Scissors, Speakeasy is a local-multiplayer only fighting game that combines rapid action with intense strategy. Set in the bombastic and visually stunning 1920’s Roaring America, Speakeasy will be the center of any party thanks to a simple three-button control scheme that tests the nerves and patience of gamers with all skill levels!“
- 6 Unique Characters Ready to Brawl!
- 5 Stunning Locations from 1920’s America!
- Face off in Multiple Game Modes, including standard Versus, Twos, Threes, King of the Hill, and Tournament
- Unlock unique outfits, props, and game altering effects that add humor and variety to each fight!
- Local Multiplayer Only, 2-4 Players (up to 16 in Tournament Mode)
- No Online or Single Player Modes
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