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EA Trademarks SimOcean


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.

Source: Siliconera

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  1. The Lone Steven
    Never heard of him.
    Since: May 2010

    And thus began the milking of the Sim franchise. Sorry, i’m a bit of a cycinal bar steward when it comes to EA.

    Think it will be a ship sim unless they literally mean ocean but an ocean sim doesn’t sound much fun. Could be relaxing in small bursts though.

    Comment posted on 27/04/2012 at 10:19.
    • jediryan123
      Since: Nov 2008

      Begin the milking? I thought the milking began when they released 17 expansions and stuff packs for the Sims 2.

      Comment posted on 27/04/2012 at 13:02.
  2. Ed the Penguin
    Since: Dec 2008

    I could’ve sworn that they did Sim Ocean ages ago, but I think I’m remembering bits of Sim Life or Sim Earth..
    Ah, Sim Tower.. now I really enjoyed that one!

    Comment posted on 27/04/2012 at 10:54.
  3. hazelam
    Since: Feb 2009

    they’ve done sim everything else, simfarm, simearth, simcity, there was even a simant if i recall, so simocean doesn’t sound too far fetched.

    Comment posted on 27/04/2012 at 17:39.
    • colossalblue
      Team TSA: Editor
      Since: Forever

      I mentioned SimAnt in the story!

      SimEarth was a bit bonkers, wasn’t it? That had all the Gaia theory stuff in it, about earth functioning as one big organism, if memory serves.

      Comment posted on 27/04/2012 at 17:44.
  4. sniper912
    Since: Feb 2012

    Lol, SimAnt was fun, trying to get into the house. . . for about half an hour.

    personally i think if it is an ocien game, probably be like an biological evolution game, either that or you like build a coral reef or something to that effect. . . actually that would be fun. don’t steal my ideas EA.

    Comment posted on 30/04/2012 at 05:36.

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