"Darkspore" trademarked by EA

A spin-off of the Spore franchise appears to be in the cards, with the discovery of three trademarks by Electronic Arts for "Darkspore", indicating that the game could perhaps be a bit darker than the original game based around evolution, Neowin has learnt via 1UP.

Discovered by Superannuation, the three trademarks cover everything from videogames and movies to playing cards and action figures, as well as "downloadable computer software". Additionally, an EA financial report from earlier this year reveals a Spore title planned for Q4 2011, meaning a release sometime prior to March 2010.

Whatever "Darkspore" actually is, EA will perhaps want to avoid a repeat of Spore's release in 2008. The inclusion of the highly controversial SecuROM DRM did little to stop the game from becoming the most pirated game of 2008, and despite excellent reviews from prominent publications, the game seemed to end up being a major disappointment amongst many gamers.

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Additionally, an EA financial report from earlier this year reveals a Spore title planned for Q4 2011, meaning a release sometime prior to March 2010.

Not sure I understand what's being said here? It's being planned for Q4 2011, but has apparently been released? Or do you mean March 2011? In that case, why is it being released in March 2011 when it's scheduled for Q4?

Bioran23 said,

Not sure I understand what's being said here? It's being planned for Q4 2011, but has apparently been released? Or do you mean March 2011? In that case, why is it being released in March 2011 when it's scheduled for Q4?

a fiscal year is different from a calendar year, and can be different between companies. Since companies have to do certain tax things every 12 months/1 year it doesn't matter if it aligns with a calendar year or not, they can pick 12 months that fit their needs best. For example, the company I wok for starts their fiscal year in June, and end it in May. Another example, the US governments "2010" fiscal year actually starts in October of 2009.

reidtheweed01 said,
a fiscal year is different from a calendar year, and can be different between companies. Since companies have to do certain tax things every 12 months/1 year it doesn't matter if it aligns with a calendar year or not, they can pick 12 months that fit their needs best. For example, the company I wok for starts their fiscal year in June, and end it in May. Another example, the US governments "2010" fiscal year actually starts in October of 2009.

Ah, ok. Thanks for the explanation.

When is Q4 for EA, then?