The makers of Stealth Bastard are holding a “Tactical Naming Contest,” with a spot in the credits and a PS Vita hanging in the balance.
Stealth Bastard: Tactical Espionage Arsehole was perhaps the best-named game of 2011, and it was apparently a pretty solid game, too – good enough to make it to the PlayStation 3 and PS Vita this summer. But the bright light of success sometimes has a way of exposing cracks in the firmament, and it appears that what was a clever title for the indie PC scene is a bit too much for the more mass-market Sony audience.
“For Various Reasons™, the versions of Stealth Bastard that appear on PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita can’t have a swear in their name, and our attempts to think up a new, less naughty name have been uncharacteristically ham-fisted,” the Curve Studios team explained. “That’s why we want to hear from you, our devoted fans. If you’ve got a profanity-free idea for a stealthy new name, we want to hear it – and if we like it, we’ll give you a credit in the game, a copy of said game and a PS Vita to play it on for your trouble.”
Setting aside the inherent silliness of Killzone being perfectly acceptable as a videogame title while Stealth Bastard is somehow beyond the pale, I think it’s a shame that Sony is putting the kibosh on such a great title, but on the upside the contest is apparently open to anyone who’s at least 16 years of age, anywhere in the world. So if you think you’ve got an even better name than Stealth Bastard (and you don’t, but hey, dare to dream) you can take your shot at fame and fortune at curve-studios.com – and if you have no idea what I’m talking about, you can get a look at Stealth Bastard: Tactical Espionage Arsehole Deluxe (that’s right, Deluxe) on Steam.