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Spore-Based Action/RPG Revealed at Comic-Con

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.

  • jedimasterben
    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
    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
    I agree with the others. Controlling more than one thing made me lose interest.
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  • maigo
    This reminds me to play more Spore
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  • mikem_90
    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
    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
    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
    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
    I like this one - civilization games.
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  • eklipz330
    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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