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Spore-Based Action/RPG Revealed at Comic-Con

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An action-RPG version of Spore is expected to be revealed at Comic-Con 2010 later this month.

Even though E3 2010 took place back in the beginning of June, apparently Electronic Arts and Maxis have decided to reveal a new Spore title at Comic-Con 2010 instead. Held this year at San Diego, California, the convention schedule lists the game as a "brand new Sci-Fi Action-RPG based on the DNA of Spore," and will be presented by Thomas Vu, Paul Sottosanti, and Lauren McHugh.

Unfortunately, no other details were given. However, it's speculated that the new title could possibly be the rumored Dark Spore, a trademark recently filed by EA. As Gamesatura pointed out, the Spore franchise was created to include a "universe" of games surrounding the central Spore ideal. We've already seen various titles outside the original Spore PC game including Spore Hero, Spore: Galactic Adventures and a few others. There's even a Facebook spinoff.

So what will the action-RPG genre bring to the Spore franchise? Would it be something like--dare we say--Pokemon? Although that might work on the Nintendo DS, PC gamers may puke on something of that magnitude. I reviewed the original PC game for Tom's Games a few years ago, and probably gave it one of the lowest scores available. While the game really showed promise in the initial stages, Spore grew terribly dull and annoying by the time the creatures ventured out into space.

But an action-RPG game? This might totally work for Spore. Players could create their initial beast and upgrade its components as it matures and gains experience. The creatures could take on quests and perform side-jobs to bring in resources for its tribe. It could have online multiplayer capabilities where players battle each other in a Pokemon-style battle, or group together in a co-op mode to "dungeon-crawl" on alien worlds.

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    jedimasterben , July 12, 2010 9:56 PM
    I couldn't even finish Spore. Anything past the creature stage was just too boring, didn't seem like a lot of thought went into it. Making an RPG out of it would be AMAZING, though. Can you imagine a full game made out of the creature stage? WANT!
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    jefe323 , July 12, 2010 9:58 PM
    once you lost control of your single creature in the first two stages, spore just lost all appeal to me.

    hopefully this new game will bring more of the creature stage style of play to the tribe and civilization stages
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    frye , July 12, 2010 10:04 PM
    I agree with the others. Controlling more than one thing made me lose interest.
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    maigo , July 12, 2010 11:09 PM
    This reminds me to play more Spore
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    mikem_90 , July 12, 2010 11:16 PM
    Spore had a lot of promise, but tended to fall pretty flat. I think it aspired to be too much. Some parts were good, but, others were just fluff till you got to the space stage. Not all the gameplay meshed with each other, to many different styles.

    And Spore - Galactic Adventures? Ugh. Never again. A bunch of barely interesting mini-adventures that tended to break the flow of the game. They were so compartmentalized that it felt like every mission was just me knocking off and playing some other game for a while.

    Like I'm going to take time out of my busy schedule of fighting off the Hecatonchiopterix Empire to go hang out with the universe's survival challenged Clark and Stanley.
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    victomofreality , July 12, 2010 11:59 PM
    got to love anything that can be compared to pokemon... no I'm serious the chip they put in my brain makes me...
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    jimmysmitty , July 13, 2010 12:08 AM
    jedimasterbenI couldn't even finish Spore. Anything past the creature stage was just too boring, didn't seem like a lot of thought went into it. Making an RPG out of it would be AMAZING, though. Can you imagine a full game made out of the creature stage? WANT!

    Sad thing is that the demos they had on stage were better than the final product. In the demos you controled how every last thing looked from your creature to the plants.

    Plus the world looked like it had more creatures running around and not only in herds.
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    braneman , July 13, 2010 1:53 AM
    any actual functionality or fun is guaranteed to be sucked out of the game until all you do is push one button and watch a sprite move down a corridor.
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    dEAne , July 13, 2010 2:46 AM
    I like this one - civilization games.
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    eklipz330 , July 13, 2010 3:12 AM
    Spore-Based Action/RPG Revealed at Comic-Con

    it's been a while since i took second grade english, but revealed is past tense right? so was it revealed? or is it going to be revealed?
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    Kelavarus , July 13, 2010 5:17 AM
    Kinda interesting how opinions differ, my friend said the game sucked UNTIL you go the space part. *shrug* To each their own. I haven't played it yet.
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    NuclearShadow , July 13, 2010 7:27 AM
    I found the whole Spore game to be a disaster. Its one of those games that look fun and cool at first but once you played for a few minutes you realize its terrible. Even the early creature stage which was the best the game had to offer was horrible. It basically just consisted of finding skeletal remains to unlock parts and go around befriending or killing other creatures which 99% of the time stayed within their nests.

    This also raised a eyebrow for me is why the creatures were all pack animals and every single once of them were egg layers not a single mammal in the game no matter how much evolution was involved.

    Lastly people say the space part was the worst but I have to disagree as bad as it was the first RTS stage was the worst followed up by the
    second one. I've played bad RTS games but Spore takes the cake for me.
    This game could have been something epic something that would have left a huge mark in gaming history but instead we got one of the worst games in recent history.
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    LORD_ORION , July 13, 2010 12:39 PM
    Spore is about building things and then playing with them in a sandbox. For that it is 100% the best.
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    frozentundra123456 , July 13, 2010 12:40 PM
    Spore was probably the most disappointing game I have ever seen. I absolutely hated the space phase. My grandson spent many, many hours on the forums in anticipation of the game and he was disappointed too, although he did manage to "finish" the game. I just quit in frustration at the space stage.

    As far as the RPG game, it might work, but a lot of people would probably not want to even think about anything connected with spore again.
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    Toddosan , July 13, 2010 1:10 PM
    all i have to say is
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    tolham , July 13, 2010 2:20 PM
    i quit spore during the city stage. i liked having a tribe and wanted to watch them evolve and develop a culture like a strategy game, but they skipped over all that. when my nice little tribe disappeared and i had to start over and build a city from scratch i got frustrated and quit.
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    rawoysters , July 13, 2010 3:57 PM
    "Spore" was the worst game I have ever purchased. I got sucked into all the pre-release hype expecting a science based game. What I got was a boring, child's game. Worst $50 I ever spent.