It appears that another competitor to Steam and Origin may be in the works. Warner Bros Interactive, the publisher behind the Arkham series of Batman games and Injustice: Gods Among Us, has been spotted as filing for a series of trademarks for something called WB Play. The next game from the publisher has also been spotted with the WB Play label appearing on its website, meaning that the official announcement cannot be too far off.
The Escapist first noticed the trademark filings on 6 September, and proceeded to do some digging as to what WB was up to. It found that the filing covers “downloadable virtual goods; downloadable electronic strategy and instructional guides for computer and video games; computer game software; video game software; audio and video recordings in the fields of computer and video games; downloadable multimedia files containing artwork, text, audio, video, games, and Internet Web links relating to computer and video”.
All this indicates that the service will not only provide games, but perhaps also movies and series produced by Warner Bros. Questions have been asked about the true nature of the platform, and whether it will become the exclusive retailer for all future WB games. The thought is unlikely, although it could end up used as an additional login layer similar to Ubisoft’s Uplay (a service that is not very popular with gamers).
The WB Play label has stealthily appeared on the website for Shadows Over Mordor, which indicates that we should be hearing more about the platform when it launches later this month.
[Source: The Escapist]