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Is Dungeon Keeper Making a Return?

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This link at the United States Patent and Trademark Office website reveals that Electronic Arts has filed trademark registrations for Dungeon Keeper. Unfortunately, the listings don't reveal anything juicy, and it may be possible that the publisher is merely refreshing the Dungeon Keeper trademark. However, with reports claiming that EA my be reviving classic IPs developed by Bullfrog Productions, a new Dungeon Keeper title may be very well be a likely candidate.

UK developer Bullfrog Productions was founded by Les Edgar and Peter Molyneaux back in 1987. The company created numerous PC games including Populous, Syndicate and Theme Park before Electronic Arts acquired the company in 1995. However the developer was eventually assimilated into the EA collective after Molyneux and other members left the company, with the last titles to bear the Bullfrog logo published in 2001 (Aquarium, Theme Park Inc.).

Overall the Dungeon Keeper series spanned three installments, a real-time strategy series for the PC where players built and managed dungeons while fending off hero characters. Electronic Arts may be reviving the Dungeon Keeper series in retaliation to Blizzard's upcoming sci-fi themed RTS, StarCraft II.

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    cryogenic , August 20, 2009 1:52 AM
    The first Dungeon Keeper was one of my favorite games at the time. I'd used to love to release a Horned Reaper inside enemies give him a slap and watch him go berserk..
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    matt87_50 , August 20, 2009 2:01 AM
    Dungeon Keeper was an awesome game! from what I played of it, i thought it was really cool how you could change the terrain. funny too.
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    Anonymous , August 20, 2009 3:16 AM
    anyway i can get the old one to run on vista? I'd even play it in a vm machine if i could.
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    haze4peace , August 20, 2009 4:08 AM
    I absolutely LOVED dungeon keeper. If EA revives the series it would make me a happy person.
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    Anonymous , August 20, 2009 4:24 AM
    Yes, there is a good shot that Dungeon Keeper is being made! There is an article on Gamespot, saying EA is bring back a lot of old franchises. Road Rash, Theme Park, Populous and Wing Commander!!


    http://www.gamespot.com/news/6215088.html
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    DjEaZy , August 20, 2009 5:20 AM
    ... hell yeah!!! it's about time!!! that waz so much fun... and the multiplayer potential for that game iz BIG!!!
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    heffeque , August 20, 2009 6:20 AM
    I've played DK and DK2 several times. One of the only games I've completed several times. That says a lot about it :-)
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    shotgunpadre , August 20, 2009 7:03 AM
    in Dungeon Keeper 2's video area, there was a dungeon keeper 3 intro which involved outside the world. Centuries past since then, so even former bullfrog geniuses may forgotten that. I simply wish for possession spell. I don't care the rest :) 
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    martel80 , August 20, 2009 7:19 AM
    trife122anyway i can get the old one to run on vista? I'd even play it in a vm machine if i could.

    www.dosbox.com
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    Ridik876 , August 20, 2009 7:35 AM
    "Electronic Arts may be reviving the Dungeon Keeper series in retaliation to Blizzard's upcoming sci-fi themed RTS, StarCraft II."

    Is it just me, or is StarCraft II referenced as if readers have likely not heard of it?
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    JeanLuc , August 20, 2009 9:33 AM
    joeman42I just want them to revive Magic Carpet. The volcano spell is still a sight to behold.


    Bullfrog were perhaps the best developers of the late 80's early 90's, rule Britannia! I too would love to see Magic Carpet remade, it was one of the first games I bought for the Sega Saturn and it gave me hours of fun.

    Now don't hold your breath waiting for another Dungeon Keeper, EA have been renewing old patents left, right and centre recently - Wing Commander, Theme Park and Populous have all been renewed but that doesn't automatically translate into a reboot of those franchises.

    Now if I thought EA were going to reboot those franchises it would make my year, it would be as if god of gaming has answered my prayers and is giving all of my old favourite titles a make over and reboot. So far this year it's been announced Thief 4 is in the works and work on Elite 4 has finally started. Add to that a possiable remake of Lucasarts classics of X-Wing/Tie Fighter, Aliens Vs Predator 3 (due Q1 next year) the success remake of Monkey Island and the small possibility of new Wing Commander and other classic Bullfrog titles 2009 is turning out to be a good year!
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    urlsen , August 20, 2009 12:26 PM
    I have been playing dk2 in win 7 ultimate for a while now(got the developers edition :) ) and it works just fine. also played alot in vista with only small crash problems once and a while...

    But the "New" patch 1,7 has gotten 1024 resolution...and a new creature :)  so its not quite dead plus there is a mp lan edition out...

    Love tha game just get ur finger out and make the threequil
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    decepticon , August 20, 2009 12:39 PM
    Dungeon Keeper and DKII were very good games! I loved the ability to go into 1st person perspective on any of your units to take control of them and battle with your other minions. DKIII was canceled unfortunately, so the DK series only spanned 2 games....not 3.
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    decepticon , August 20, 2009 12:39 PM
    Dungeon Keeper and DKII were very good games! I loved the ability to go into 1st person perspective on any of your units to take control of them and battle with your other minions. DKIII was canceled unfortunately, so the DK series only spanned 2 games....not 3.
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    decepticon , August 20, 2009 12:40 PM
    Don't know why it double posted....
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    h83 , August 20, 2009 12:54 PM

    I hope they make a sequel to this game!!! The first DK was so funny! I loved the torture chambers specially!

    I hope they also make a sequel to one of the best action games ever made: Syndicate!!! The time i´ve spent playing it on Amiga!!!
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    Camikazi , August 20, 2009 2:03 PM
    h83I hope they make a sequel to this game!!! The first DK was so funny! I loved the torture chambers specially! I hope they also make a sequel to one of the best action games ever made: Syndicate!!! The time i´ve spent playing it on Amiga!!!


    http://www.escapistmagazine.com/news/view/90609-New-Syndicate-Game-Confirmed seems they are making a new Syndicate
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    shadus , August 20, 2009 2:17 PM
    Oh please be true, please be true, please be true.

    This was one of the best series of games ever made.
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