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EA trademarks 'SimOcean'

EA has trademarked "SimOcean," giving a possible hint of a future game in the Sim series.

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EA may be trying a whole new kind of Sim game, with a new trademark filed for "SimOcean." Details are scant right now, seeing as we only have a title, but this may be the first hint of a future Sim game. Keep in mind, of course, that a trademark registration doesn't necessarily mean a finished product will come out of it.

The trademark was caught by Siliconera, filed just yesterday by EA.

While the SimCity and Sims series are the most famous of the bunch, Maxis has made all sorts of Sim games. Compared to games that showcased diverse subjects like ants, refineries, and the US healthcare system (seriously), giving us a look at the inner-workings of ocean life seems downright normal. If the subject is wide enough to support a David Attenborough documentary series, surely Maxis can wring some fun out of managing it.

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    April 26, 2012 12:30 PM

    Steve Watts posted a new article, EA trademarks 'SimOcean'.

    EA has trademarked "SimOcean," giving a possible hint of a future game in the Sim series.

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      April 26, 2012 12:49 PM

      Managing ocean and the inner-workings? Sounds cool. Will it get a paid DLC where we can create a tsunami to flood out the location where the always-on authentication servers for this game located so that it will malfunction? I'd so buy that!

      Sorry, I guess I'm just being bitter today.

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      April 26, 2012 1:26 PM

      I'd really like a SimIsle 2...SimIsle was probably my favorite Sim game, even more so than the Simcity franchise, which I love. It's a bit like Tropico, but with different variables, and certainly different music. Trying to balance nature vs industrialism, tourism, native populations...do you want to train them, educate them, etc. ? How to deal with pollution, how to cut forests i.e. clearcutting, etc. You can deal with that a bit in Tropico 3, but it's just not the same. Different atmosphere, more comical than serious, etc. I miss SimIsle, but it didn't work on any operating system I owned past Windows ME :( Otherwise I'd pick it back up this second!

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      April 26, 2012 1:27 PM

      SimGolf 2 now please

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        April 26, 2012 1:34 PM

        yes plz

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        April 26, 2012 1:39 PM

        Was that even a Maxis game? Wasn't it Sid Meier's SimGolf?

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          April 26, 2012 3:01 PM

          Yeah but EA published it. However I'm sure some "sim" concepts made it into later sim games, and the SimCity 4 golf club even copies the design of the clubhouse. So I'd say it's considered part of the "Sim" franchise.

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      April 26, 2012 1:35 PM

      come on naval shipping railroad tycoon

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        April 26, 2012 3:03 PM

        Man what about a simulator where you move cargo from ships to trains using your crane? They could link it up to Train Simulator and Ship Simulator and it'd be one big MMORPG that nobody gets any fun out of.

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      April 26, 2012 4:46 PM

      Needs more modern version of SimEarth.

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      April 26, 2012 4:55 PM

      That would be something I would be interested in.

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      April 26, 2012 5:30 PM

      If they do it right it'll be hugely popular in Japan.