"The game has evolved, I think people are going to be surprised by what they'll see, and it's still evolving," Gearbox president Randy Pitchford told CVG about Brothers in Arms: Furious 4. "One of the reasons why we're not talking about it now is that it's evolving and we need to make further changes before we can start talking about it."

The Ubisoft-published shooter was presumed dead after its E3 2011 reveal was followed up by complete silence – a silence only broken by the news that its trademarks had lapsed. CVG reports that the USPTO rejected the dual trademark application by Ubisoft and Gearbox, and Gearbox is now filing on its own.

Of course, evolution is not a quick process, and as a result Furious 4 won't make its original 2012 release window. "I might come around to talk about Furious Four between the releases of Borderlands 2 and Aliens: Colonial Marines," Pitchford said, "but certainly I won't before the release of Borderlands 2." Borderlands 2 is out in September, and Aliens is due in February.

This article was originally published on Joystiq.