"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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