2020 is a year full of games with questionable game titles like Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, but Ubisoft’s “Immortals Fenyx Rising” takes the cake for the worst game title of the year. It stitches together three random words, lacks any sensical punctuation, intentionally misspells of Phoenix as Fenyx (admittedly, it is the protagonist’s name), and generally just doesn’t make sense grammatically.
Since the game formerly known as Gods & Monsters was re-revealed at Ubisoft Forward last week, new information has emerged as to why the name was changed. It involves not only a change in direction for Immortals Fenyx Rising but legal troubles with Monster Energy as well.
The game itself looks entertaining, as it takes inspiration from The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and incorporates elements of Greek mythology so players can wield awesome powers and fight fantastical monsters — hence the gods and monsters. Still, even Inverse‘s positive impressions of the game feel a bit marred by the game’s questionable title change from Gods & Monsters to Immortals Fenyx Rising. It seems like a fun game to play, but why is it called this?
The developers have been asked this very question in several interviews. “The change of name was entirely because of the vision of the game,” Associate Game Director Julien Galloudec claimed in an interview published September 10 by Video Games Chronicle. He also explained that the game changed quite a bit after it was delayed from February to December.