Following a cease and desist from Sony, Canadian peripheral company Dbrand announced on Saturday that it had been forced to withdraw its range of PS5 faceplates from its business. Now, just three days later, the company has released its own original design line of faceplates for the console. In an announcement, Dbrand announced, “Darkplates are back, checkmate attorneys.”
In a statement posted on the company’s subreddit earlier this weekend, Dbrand announced that its PlayStation 5 faceplates were “dead” after receiving official contact from Sony threatening legal action if Dbrand did them resold. Up until this point, Dbrand’s faceplates were almost identical to those usually found on the console when it was purchased. The main difference was that the company’s faceplates weren’t white, but instead allowed fans to switch their consoles to a matte black design.
Although Dbrand peeled off the original signs on Saturday, Dbrand already has a “Darkplate 2.0” design ready, suggesting the company could use Sony’s legal threats as a marketing tactic. While the original Darkplates were on sale, Dbrand mocked and provoked Sony with the words: “Come on, sue us.” After news on Saturday that Sony did just that, it initially seemed like the Canadian brand might have tried its luck too many times and had to pay the price. Now, however, just three days later, the company has announced a brand new line of faceplates that it claims will be safe from future lawsuits.
Dbrand announced his new Darkplates 2.0 on Reddit in a statement full of self-confidence, wit and a few carefree digs. “You see, while we appreciate all of the armchair legal advice that came in over the weekend,” the statement said the statement, “the reality of this Darkplates dispute is pretty straightforward.”
“Without a registered design, you can’t successfully sue someone for alleged“ design infringement. ”Sony didn’t have a registered design for the PS5’s side panels when we launched Darkplates (or many, many months after it was released). that they would ever get one. They did. Here we are. “
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Dbrand says the company chose to start over rather than “spending millions fighting the legality of design claims for years in court”. In this way, Dbrand created a brand new design in Darkplates 2.0 which, in his opinion, “closes the loop on this dispute and neutralizes any future infringement claims by Sony”.
Not only did Dbrand go for a different form of design on the Darkplates 2.0, they also included vents in its design that can help keep your console running cooler. There is also a small selection of color schemes available. Fans can choose between black, white, and a third option that is “color-matched to a retro console that is meant to go nameless” – this is PlayStation 1 gray for those looking for a more nostalgic feel to their front panels.
Dbrand ended his announcement by wondering if Sony would still sue. The statement said, “Probably. The difference this time around is that we created an original design that they have no basis on which to claim infringement. If they want to try, they’d be better off paying our legal fees . “
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Jared Moore is a freelance writer for IGN. You can follow him Twitter.