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Alpha Centauri TMs

GameSpot notes new trademark applications by Electronic Arts for Alpha Centauri, one for "entertainment services, namely, providing an on-line computer game," and another for "computer game software." Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri is the sci-fi turn-based strategy game released to much acclaim back in the twentieth century (and recently rereleased on GOG.com), so the obvious implication is that this somehow relates to a revival of that. On the other hand, GameSpot notes that EA has filed trademarks for several vintage games without seeming to pursue developing them, with the possible exception of ongoing reports that Starbreeze is developing a Syndicate revival for the Syndicate trademark EA filed one year ago.

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7. Re: Alpha Centauri TMs Aug 11, 2011, 12:37 Satoru
 
The AC trademark is meaningless. EA will never make the game we want.

The main problem is that what developer is going to make a PC only version of AC? At least with Syndicate you could create a game that would work across the PC and consoles. But the 'traditional' AC simply can't be done on consoles.

Thus is EA going to give some unknown studio tons of money to make AC and only be able to sell it on the PC platform? Of course not. They're more likely to go the current "X-COM" FPS reboot route of some kind with AC.

The trademark thing is more to disallow 2K from making an AC named game, rather than enabling EA to make one.
 
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