Ironclad Games, the studio behind Sins of a Solar Empire: Rebellion, has finally spoken out on legal actions taken against them over almost 2 years ago.

Back in 2012, Sniper Elite creator Rebellion Developments filed a lawsuit against Ironclad Games over title infringement concerning their game Sins of a Solar Empire: Rebellion.

While the initial lawsuit made its way to the courts, it was quickly dismissed by a judge. The dismissal cited that the title qualified as “expressive speech” and was covered under the First Amendment.

Despite their victory, Ircoclad Games chose not to disclose any information regarding the matter. Blair Fraser, Director for Ironclad Games stated that “We don’t like to talk about the business side of things in public.” While the original legal battles were going, Ironclad Games declined to mention anything about being served the suit, the cease and desist or even winning the case.

Rebellion Developments are once again trying to bring the suit forward however. This time, they are taking it to the courts in Canada and the U.K. In turn, this has forced Ironclad Games’ hand and they are finally speaking up.

For years now there has been a growing sense in our company that trademark issues in the gaming industry were getting out of hand and that talking about our experience might help,” Fraser explained. “Our hope is that other developers will see this and be willing to explore, maintain and defend their freedom of expression without as much worry.”

Trademark laws in Canada and the U.K. differ than those in the states, meaning that another win for Ironclad Games may not necessarily be guaranteed. But Fraser says they’re adamant on fighting the suit and keeping the name, stating “I’ll quit my job before I ever let there be a Sins of a Solar Empire: Supremacy or any other bastardization…Everything in Sins of a Solar Empire: Rebellion, including the gameplay, the lore, the cinematic, the logo, the factions, the research subjects, the capital ships, the titans and every single asset was designed to fit in to the overarching theme of ‘rebellion’.”