Eidos trademarks Tomb Raider Underworld

Publisher lays claim to seedy and/or subterranean sounding name for upcoming Lara Croft adventure.

Eidos Interactive's digital starlet Lara Croft is no stranger to caverns or criminals, and those familiar trappings may play a large part in her next adventure if a US trademark application is any indication. As reported by Trademork, earlier this month, Eidos filed an application with the United States Patent and Trademark Office for a trademark on the phrase "Tomb Raider Underworld."

The trademark specifically notes that it covers games either on discs or digitally distributed. The most recent title in the series, Tomb Raider Anniversary, was released as a retail product on multiple platforms. And on the Xbox 360, it was also offered as a downloadable add-on to Tomb Raider: Legend.

Eidos has already confirmed that a new Tomb Raider game is in development, although it has yet to release any details about it. As of press time, a representative with the publisher had not returned GameSpot's request for comment.

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another_drew
another_drew

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diablobasher
diablobasher

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robbie_basic
robbie_basic

So Gamespot how will this game score do you think? 9.0? Maybe even an 11?

Chipnut
Chipnut

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ShuuMutou
ShuuMutou

Tomb Raider isn't a bad series, neither is Eidos. Don't like Tomb Raider then why are you all here in the first place? I enjoy the games, and if you want to give me negative marks just for that then you lot but have an anger management problem, sorry but you are all acting like children by giving people who like Tomb Raider negative marks.

mafafu888
mafafu888

You people are such sheep. Keep on Baaaaing and follow the BS 1Up is spreading.

niall077
niall077

just remember to give it a good review... we wouldnt want anyone to be fired

mykel77
mykel77

sounds great, tomb raider is incredible cant wait for the new one. all you negative gamers get a life, change is good.

Paper_Knife
Paper_Knife

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mechzz
mechzz

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LauLS
LauLS

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nesto423
nesto423

well , i'll see if they hire jeff back monday. "if they dont , i'll be finding another place to read reviews" somewhere that doesnt fire someone for reviewing a game . gamespot , give the money back to eido's and hire jeff back ...... i believe thats the only way to get your readers back.

einexile
einexile

awesome a tomb raider mmo oh wait

nomadski69
nomadski69

Hey GS, noone cares. Get Jeff back.

Kefkamania05
Kefkamania05

Wouldn't want to be the person that reviews this.

THESEVENTROLLS
THESEVENTROLLS

wow, like i am interested...EIDOS FORGET ABOUT IT

DukeNukeForever
DukeNukeForever

"I will now be down-selling all versions of K&L at my place of employment" If you do that, wouldn't YOUR company be losing money? Just because Jeff was fired it isn't worth cutting your living for.

Feniks9174
Feniks9174

I'll play it. I enjoyed Legend. I really do wish they would make another Legacy of Kain game, though.

Warchief_Zuljin
Warchief_Zuljin

Give me a freaken break. Eidos is becoming such a pain, and not because of this dumb firing thing. They need to stop making Tomb Raider games and start making Legacy of Kain games again. Stick with the superior series, not the tired old Lara Croft.

Birdman1333
Birdman1333

Just went to www.joystiq.com. Can we please get the video review of Kane and Lynch back? The 6.0 review is only 1 point under the critics 7.0. Firing Jeff wasn't worth the bad PR.

Stabby
Stabby

I'm going to leave an actual comment, people are going to stop using GS period if its users are goin to be like this from now on. If they're going to make another Tomb Raider, I hope it goes back to the basics like with Anniversary. When they moved away from the format with Angel of Darkness... boy did that game suck for a Tomb Riader title lol!

Agulf
Agulf

Eidos filed an application with CNET for a game of the year award on the game "Tomb Raider Underworld." Fixed.

emorule
emorule

Well i was going to get Tomb Raider Anniversary today but not anymore, Eidos can get lost, and gamespot are idiots firing jeff!

Auricom-R
Auricom-R

Eidos sucks and so does Gamespot On the Spot was bad enough without Rich Gallup. Now that Jeff is gone, that show is really gonna suffer. Alex N, Ryan Davis, Bryan Ekberg, Brad Shoemaker, and Homer are all cool, but Rich and Jeff's personalities were what made OTS so fun to watch, even when crappy games were being shown.

Blackfriend8
Blackfriend8

screw eidos i wonder how much they will pay to get the next tomb raider a high review score. heres an idea eidos MAKE A GOOD GAME AND IT WONT GET A 6.

Iriseon
Iriseon

Very slick. Subtle. Subversive, even. Pay attention kids, the staff is restless. As for you GS members, don't spin the Jeff thing on Eidos though, because a publisher which just unloaded a massive marketing campaign is going to be upset when they're told their product is garbage. The real problem is with GameSpot's management, which is now truly indistinguishable from Gamestop. The suits feel they need to do effective damage control and fire the peon. Oops, looks like you'll need some of those Crisis Management courses you took at the local community college and do it all over again. Eidos has published some great titles: Deus Ex, Thief, Hitman..... The distinction here is that they do not MAKE the games, just packaging, marketing, and distribution to retailers. They are the money people and that's what they do. It's also now what GameSpot does.

latinaggie01
latinaggie01

If y'all want to get back at Eidos...hit it where it hurts, their wallets. My cancellation of my subcription is only $40 down the drain for GS, but if a large number of people boycott Eidos products (as well as CNet), it can make a difference. I have already made the move to 1up, but till my subcription ends, I will help with the backlash towards Eidos and CNet.

mithund
mithund

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miladesn2
miladesn2

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ozzy-song
ozzy-song

This game is already game of the year and the next three years on gamespot. Hey Alex Navarro, don't review this game under a 9, we don't want you to lose your job

brain20035
brain20035

the funny thing is they keep deducting points from the games like NFS ProStreet, and you know why? because these games have ads in them that gamespot cannot get its hands on! in one sentence i should say that the gamespot theory is that "games are not the place for advertisement, gamespot is!"

another_drew
another_drew

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javierkatana
javierkatana

Many readers have asked about why we run ads on the site that often have very little to do with gaming. I am going to answer that now publicly, as it seems fitting when you consider the event that has taken place between Jeff Gerstmann and his former long time employer Gamespot. In case readers didn’t notice Gamespot ran a bunch of Kane & Lynch advertisements, and with that, though they can deny it, comes a certain level of unwritten respect that is expected. Think about it, why does Consumer Reports not run ads? Why is it you never hear networks bad mouth their sponsors? Why do we here at Ripten run ads that rarely have anything to do with gaming? The answer to the last question is two fold. First, it is because our site is fairly new, and we have yet to establish a relationship with that type of vendor, but secondly, and most importantly, the longer we have been doing this, the more it started to dawn on us that maybe we don’t want to run game related advertising on our site. Chad Lakkis on November 30, 2007 http://www.ripten.com/2007/11/30/can-you-trust-a-video-game-site-that-runs-video-game-ads/

mkrunescaper
mkrunescaper

Eidos already bought this game a 9.0 from gamespot.

SergeStorms
SergeStorms

I am sure it will get at least a 9. They may as well post it now, that is if EIdos pays up. Don't sell yourself cheap, CNET. Make sure you are up front about how much it will cost to get the game rated AAA. I think you should just make a price sheet. I'll be at IGN and 1UP if anyone needs me.

Erebus
Erebus

Finally, the spiritual successor to Ultima Underworld -- with breast physics.

SimuLord
SimuLord

Ladies and gentlemen, Gamespot's 2008 GAME OF THE YEAR! Let's hear it for Lara Croft! I'm done with this site. After this, I can never trust another word that comes out of Gamespot's mouth.

Booticon
Booticon

Eidos :lol: Gee, nobody that writes for GS had better give this game less than a 9 :lol: Eidos is lame.

PunkerXBlaze
PunkerXBlaze

'shoeman12 i didn't think you guys would even post something about eidos, i thought most of the editors and admins were mad about jeff too.' That may be, but they still have to do their jobs. Oh wait, apparently doing your job gets you fired.

Lasafrog
Lasafrog

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Lasafrog
Lasafrog

Screw Eidos. Screw CNET. Fire me a-holes. Gamespot your value was in the people that aren't here anymore (sorry Alex, but Im sure you're moving on too). Now whats this place good for other than PS3 vs 360 wars. Lasafrog out - membership CANCELLED.

ShuuMutou
ShuuMutou

Why must everyone talk negative about Eidos and Tomb Raider in general? Overall I think its a great idea plus a great series.. plus talk negative = a negative thumbs down for you.

Tamashii-sosaku
Tamashii-sosaku

Pff I doubt it'll be any good. Probably just a 6 out of 10 at best. Unless they advertise on our site, in which case IT'S A 10! Excuse me while I go sell my soul for some cookies.

gonz87
gonz87

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