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Octonaut

Octonaut

Digital Release:Steam
May 15, 2019

PlayStation 4
June 23, 2020 (US)
June 24, 2020 (AU, EU, JP)
Delisting:June 25, 2020 - PlayStation 4
June 26, 2020 - changed name on Steam
Developer:Joseph Calabro
Publisher:Joseph Calabro - Steam
EastAsiaSoft - PlayStation 4
Available On:Only As Takotan
PlayStation 4 (AU, EU, JP, HK, US)
Nintendo Switch (EU, JP, US)
Xbox One (AU, EU, JP, US)
Steam
Links:Takotan homepage
SteamDB page

Delisting

Octonaut was delisted from PlayStation 4 in North America no later than June 25th, 2020. It is unclear if the game was released in other territories before being removed. On Steam the game’s name was changed on June 26th, 2020. The game was finally released across most regions in September of 2020 as Takotan (aka Takotan – 星のタコ).

The game’s change in title from Octonaut to Takotan clearly suggests that the name was too similar to the long-running British children’s TV series, The Octonauts, which itself is based on the books by Vicki Wong and Michael C. Murphy. British production studio Chorion currently holds the trademark on the name ‘Octonauts’ in use across several forms of media including video games.

Octonaut appears to have gone unnoticed on Steam where it had been available since May of 2019. However, once EastAsiaSoft came on board to publish the title on consoles the similarities were presumably noticed by Chorion or another copyright holder. EastAsiaSoft issued a press release the week before Octonaut’s planned debut in June and were clearly not aware of the potential infringement. When contacted on Twitter the publisher replied only that the “release had to be delayed”.

Octonaut was available briefly on PlayStation 4 in some regions but its release on Nintendo Switch and Xbox One was delayed until September of 2020 when it launched as Takotan.


About the Game

The world has been taken over by an alien invasion. On the eve of destruction, humanity calls out for help! Octonaut is a retro shoot’em up inspired by 16-bit classics. Save the world from alien invasion by shooting and dodging your way through 8 action-packed levels with sinister bosses! Collect a variety of power-ups including lasers, bowling balls and ninja stars to take down enemies and defend the planet.


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