Despite all the new and ultra-successful franchises, we should never forget the titles that helped make the video game industry what it is, and Electronic Arts isn't about to ignore the past.

EA has been around for a very long time, and they have produced many games that no longer enjoy normal circulation. However, they may be planning to bring back a number of them: according to Superannuation , EA has filed new trademarks for several classic properties, including Wing Commander , Road Rash , Populous , and Theme Park . It seems that these "renewed trademarks" were filed on August 5 and the company clarified their previous descriptions, in that EA wants to use those names in various forms of entertainment media. Now, while some of you may want to leap around the room with nostalgic joy, GameSpot reminds us that new games for these titles may be a long ways off. They use the example of System Shock , which EA trademarked back in 2006 but we have yet to see a new incarnation of that popular PC series. Even so, the mere fact that the aforementioned titles still have some relative importance is reason enough to cheer.

We'll let you know when we hear anything; for our part, we'd love to see a new Road Rash . That bad-ass classic would be sweet in next-gen form, wouldn't it?

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schillah
schillah
11 years ago

yesssssssss road rash!!!

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
11 years ago

RRRRRRROOOOOOOOOAAAADDDDDD RRRAAAAAAASSSHHHH!

</Kaz Hirai>

NoSmokingBandit
NoSmokingBandit
11 years ago

YYYYYEEEEESSSSS!!!!!
I spent many days of my youth playing Road Rash on my Master System.

fatelementality
fatelementality
11 years ago

Road rash???? Sign me the F up!!!! Maybe Sugar Ray could come out with decent music again to go along nicely with it.

furbiesmustdie
furbiesmustdie
11 years ago

wow ea really are out of ideas as are nintendo.

kevinater321
kevinater321
11 years ago

As long as they have sex in it…

kevinater321
kevinater321
11 years ago

well 32% of you want it…

Bugzbunny109
Bugzbunny109
11 years ago

Yea but road rash is not about sex; it's about beating people with a bat on a motorcycle. Sex is not needed in this game.

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
11 years ago

The bounce factor is always important, as long as it's utterly gratuitous and titillating…

LOL! I love the lightening rod nature of your post.

Actually, now I pause for a nanosecond to think, I have no problem with the utterly gratuitous bounce and titillation. Obviously one of the Wing Commander pilots needs to be a babe and clearly her flight suit needs to resemble a bikini….

kevinater321
kevinater321
11 years ago

I know dude, i'm joking.

Bugzbunny109
Bugzbunny109
11 years ago

I remeber playing road rash those years back. Second best game ever! Crash bandicoot is number one 😀

fluffer nutter
fluffer nutter
11 years ago

Maybe they're releasing childrens' bedding at Target with this retro themed stuff?

Jed
Jed
11 years ago

I remember playing Road Rash 3D for hours on end. I think it was for PS1. It was one of the first open world racers I ever played. I loved how you could use pedestrians as a ramp. They kinda looked like Richard Simmons.

Luan
Luan
11 years ago

ROAD RASH!? Oh my, that was my favorite game growing up! hope that they do it right if they do indeed reboot it.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
11 years ago

What's old is new again. But I can think of a few much better franchises I'd like to see resurrect, of course they would all be from the RPG genre 😉

zerostar39
zerostar39
11 years ago

holy crap! my friend and I were just saying they should make a new road rash like 2 weeks ago.

Geobaldi
Geobaldi
11 years ago

Can really care less for most of the above titles. Though Theme Park was really fun. If they bring back System Shock, Theme Hospital, Syndicate, and Dungeon Keeper, then I'll be happy.

Lord carlos
Lord carlos
11 years ago

Dungeon keeper F*CK YEAH
I'd love to play part 3 of that franchise,loved the horned reaper,he got so pissed off @ anybody he met & then started trashing your dungeon & killing everything in sight,you had to either keep em in your hand or build him an en suite room with a gym/hatchery & lair ect..i miss that game.
'Your minions are getting angry,they've no room to play marbles' LOL

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
11 years ago

Road Rash. I think we have a definite possibility there.

Criterion Games is one of EAs developers and of course Criterion is responsible for Burnout Paradise. Now if you remember Criterion added some game changing content to Burnout Paradise in the shape of motorcycles, but they only added a limited number of bikes and never implemented racing modes or stunt modes for the bikes.

The original development team for burnout Paradise moved on to new work some time ago, and the game has been pretty much on cruise control/support mode for a while now.

The folks at Burnout definitely know how to make a multi-player online racing game, they already have a stellar game engine for Burnout Paradise and they have trialed a lot of the work necessary for a bike based game already.

Am I the only one adding two and two and getting a new iteration of Road Rash developed by the fine folks at Criterion Games?

Regarding Wing Commander, a new Wing Commander game would rule, as long as they kept the same spirit and didn't go all gritty, or uber violent. There was humor and heroism in that game, and that's just what it takes to take down some Kilrathi kitties… Lock and load…


Last edited by TheHighlander on 8/12/2009 12:06:10 AM

Fane1024
Fane1024
11 years ago

Chris Roper of IGN has been flogging that horse for something like a year now. I hope it's not dead.

LowKey
LowKey
11 years ago

Don't toy with my emotions Ben, I've been wanting a new Wing Commander for a very long time now. I was just talking about how badly they need to hit up a new Wing Commander like.. 2 months ago. So to get some awesome news like this is rather exhilerating.

Ben Dutka PSXE
Ben Dutka PSXE
11 years ago

Irony can often mean good things! 😉

Ogibillm
Ogibillm
11 years ago

irony? i'm sure you meant coincidence

coldbore
coldbore
11 years ago

hah, I still have my genesis hooked up to the TV with the old road rash II next to it 😛 one of my favorite games ever, but road rash 64 was bad, and I would love to have a new one on this gen, a wonderful surprise, just hope they don't change the gameplay

coldbore
coldbore
11 years ago

what a memorable moment getting the chain was 😀

ctd669
ctd669
11 years ago

I'd like to see the "strike" series revisited. Those games were a blast to play! An HD version set in … I dunno… North Korea or somthin. That would be pretty sweet! (I think)

Yo Bona
Yo Bona
11 years ago

Hmm… road rash. What would it look like tho? And what would be new?

Co-op? Differnet online modes like a king of the hill/assassination type destruction derby or projectile weapon pick ups in certain race modes? I'm thinking GoW 3 type coloring and textures… yeah.

King James
King James
11 years ago

Two Words:

ROAD RASH!

Naga
Naga
11 years ago

Theme Park (Q_Q)

King James
King James
11 years ago

Thumbs down?! Who here wasn't loved as a child and couldn't play Road Rash?

coldbore
coldbore
11 years ago

Ya it is kinda ridiculous, people just give thumbs down for no reason whatsoever, this is why we can't have nice things 😛

Skatejimmy5
Skatejimmy5
11 years ago

Yes! I love Road Rash! 😀

Naga
Naga
11 years ago

OMG OMG OMG New Theme Park & populus

Anonymous
Anonymous
11 years ago

5 words for u all.
DON'T GET YOUR HOPES UP.

but i do small a EA classic collection coming soon

Naga
Naga
11 years ago

I don't really understand you mean a new EA classics collection?! coming soon

Orvisman
Orvisman
11 years ago

EA wouldn't need to trademark the names for a games compilation.

Orvisman
Orvisman
11 years ago

Two things:

Companies have to trademark names, like Road Rash, periodically so they won't lose the rights to them; so it doesn't always mean a game is coming.

That said, I remember a report a while back that claimed EA and Starbreeze (The Darkness and The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay) were working on something called Project Redlime, which is rumored to be a new Road Rash; so, the game could be coming sooner than we think.

KoldStrejke
KoldStrejke
11 years ago

road rash was the bomb-shit-titly game dudes/dudettes. i hope criterion has some ties to it. heck they came out with the bikes for BOP.

ol scool
ol scool
11 years ago

Road Rash would be awesome maybe someone should bring back tecmo deception one of the most origanal games ever and theme park would be awesome on the ps3 woo hoo!!

Naga
Naga
11 years ago

It already is!!! but its for Playstation (;_;)