I know EA doesn’t listen to me. I know this because I’ve spent an entire console generation talking quite publicly about how fantastic it would be to see them rejuvenate the “Strike” series and they’ve always ignored me. I’m not even totally sure I can take credit for this news, to be honest, but I’d like to try.
That’s right, EA has registered two new trademarks, relating to Desert Strike, with the US Patents and Trademark Office. The first one is to secure Desert Strike as “Computer game software; Downloadable computer game software via a global computer network and wireless devices; Video game software.” while the second one is in relation to “Entertainment services, namely, providing an on-line computer game; Provision of information relating to electronic computer games provided via the Internet.”
That all sounds like something with a significant online multiplayer element to me, but that’s hardly surprising. Desert Strike (and its sequels, Jungle, Urban, Soviet and Nuclear Strike) were isometric shooters in which you flew a helicopter around a map, fighting enemies and rescuing friends. There was a healthy element of resource management too. They were brilliant.
The closest we’ve come to something like the Strike series was last year’s Renegade Ops from Sega, which was quite enjoyable in itself. Hopefully EA is planning something big for the series and hopefully we’ll hear more very soon. Now, how about that Road Rash, eh?