Look, SimCity is getting rebooted. So, it’s entirely possible that EA is going to gather up trademarks and register domains simply so that others don’t grab them. That’s a fairly standard practice in a world full of people trying to cash in on other’s success.
That said, the news reported by Siliconera, that EA has trademarked SimOcean is interesting enough for those of us who were around for the boom in Sim games like SimTower, SimFarm and SimAnt. Could EA be about to embark upon another bout of games in varied Sim settings?
Siliconera don’t link to their source for the information and the only trademark with that text I could find on the UK database was filed in 2003 in Germany. That trademark was also related to computer software but sounds more like it was a scientific application – perhaps some sort of physics engine. There is a screengrab of the EA filing listed on Siliconera’s story but no link through.
According to those who have seen it in action, the GlassBox engine being used to make SimCity is quite versatile so it’s entirely plausible that Maxis will be given a bit of leeway in how they use it.