Electronic Arts and Maxis are set to announce a new title in the Spore
franchise, as this year's San Diego Comic Con schedule
indicates a "brand new Sci-Fi Action-RPG based on the DNA of Spore
" will be unveiled at the event.
The development team's Thomas Vu, Paul Sottosanti and Lauren McHugh will be presenting the title for the first time at the event on Saturday, July 24, although no further details have yet been revealed nor other official announcements made.
Eagle-eyed fans of the evolution-based "god game" Spore
, which lets users design their own creatures, noted on Spore forums
that EA recently filed a trademark for the name "Dark Spore", but the correlation isn't necessarily indicative that this will be the title of the new project.
EA and Maxis have long stated their intention to create a wide universe of games around Spore
, a strategy the company has pursued with titles like Spore Hero, Spore Hero Arena, Spore: Galactic Adventures
and Spore Creature Keeper
. Although EA now has social game developer Playfish under its purview, Area/Code has also released Facebook spinoff Spore Islands
Under the leadership of visionary Will Wright (who's since left to found his own 'think tank', Stupid Fun Club
), the pedigreed studio established numerous blockbuster simulation franchises, from SimCity
to The Sims
. The studio has belonged to Electronic Arts since 1997, and Spore
was Wright's last project with Maxis.