Blizzard trademarks "The Dark Below"

World of Warcraft and Diablo developer files new trademark application a week ahead of "special announcement" for Gamescom.

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Blizzard Entertainment has filed a trademark application for "The Dark Below" one week before Gamescom, where the company has promised a "special announcement."

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The trademark (via Massively) does not give any further detail regarding what The Dark Below may pertain to and a company representative was not immediately available to comment.

A Gamescom invitation sent to media last month said, "We're making a special announcement that's sure to capture the attention of the Heavens, Burning Hells, and all the shadowed places that lie between."

During an earnings call earlier this month, Blizzard Entertainment president and cofounder Mike Morhaime said the company's Gamescom announcement would be related to Diablo.

The event itself will take place on the first day of Gamescom, August 21, at 11:30 a.m. local time. Gamescom takes place August 21-25 in Cologne, Germany.

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That's what he said

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I'm going to go out on a limb and say the title refers to a new fantasy themed softcore erotic adventure game...

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Because the band Speakerboxxx already trademarked "The Love Below".

Either way ... dark times ahead.

I mean, below.

Whatever.

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Ten years of BIG WAITING ahead .... again :D

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They should just reboot wow in full HD for consoles, just start with WOW vanilla then BC e.t.c. it will take some time to work out how to utilise a controller to play it but it can be done

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they cant argue that the HDD isn't big enough anymore as next gen consoles are coming standard 500GB.

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So if they start at vanilla, player stats wont be ridiculously high like they are now, pc gamers shouldn't get upset, it wont be 16gb+ to download, a whole lot of new players and being on a controller it'll bring a fresh element to the picture

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They cant do that. Vanilla WoW is so far behind current MMO's. I guess if they keep the dungeon finder/LFR and make it even more casual friendly than its technically possible. No one though is going to play an 8 year old game on consoles that cost 5 dollars on pc.

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I hope for a complete rework of the game, where the toothfearie doesnt kill deckard and skillpoints instead of YOLO.

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It could be hinting at the last of the remaining old gods in WoW N'Zoth. apparently he's lying dormant at the bottom of the ocean somewhere and is behind a lot of the plots that have happened in the WoW series

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Smells like a Diablo III expansion.

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@Warlord_Irochi Usually everything that Blizzard refers to as heaven and hell is Diablo related.

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@Warlord_Irochi Nah this is the diablo 3 expansion http://us.battle.net/d3/en/reaper-of-souls/

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@SteamyPotatoes @Warlord_Irochi During an earnings call earlier this month, Blizzard Entertainment president and cofounder Mike Morhaime said the company's Gamescom announcement would be related to Diablo

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I'm going to take a guess, if its an expansion its going to be the return of the dragon from "Anu and the Dragon" in the book of Cain now that all the lords of evil are in one soulstone.

Although a Diablo MMO, picking between forces of Heaven and Hell would be interesting.

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From MMO-Champion:

"According to the official website "Reaper of Souls" is a trademark and linked to Diablo 3, with Gamescom coming up next week it wouldn't be surprising to see the expansion for Diablo 3 announced there.

More importantly, it rules out The Dark Below as the next Diablo 3 expansion and makes things a lot more interesting suddenly."

This makes me quite excited! :)

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@jossu7 - I just hope it isn't some console-only crap. Whatever they're doing, it's more than just an expansion....

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Blizzard already said they were announcing the 5th WoW expansion at Blizzcon so it could be that. But it sounds more like a Diablo subtitle, just in time to cash in on the console versions as well perhaps with more dlc.

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Heaven, Hell and the in-between?

Yeah. Sounds like Diablo alright.

WoW has never dabbled in that sort of stuff.

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In WoW the NPC Ozumat's title is 'Fiend of the Dark Below' which happens to be in Vashj'ir...

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@lo_crow98 I'm thinking that's what the kids now call a "coinkidink".

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@Exquisite @lo_crow98

D3 now has a teaser site up titled "Reaper of Souls", so Dark Below is more than likely WoW-related

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Well if anyone actually bothered to read the article it says right in it that the announcement will be related to diablo ;p

"Mike Morhaime said the company's Gamescom announcement would be related to Diablo"

Unless they are doing some pointless misdirection it sounds like the first expansion pack for D3.

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@Devil_wings00

The announcement at Gamescom may be for Diablo, but that isn't relevant to a trademark. "Reaper of Souls" is more than likely the D3 expack. http://us.battle.net/d3/en/reaper-of-souls/

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@lo_crow98 @Devil_wings00 Doesn't matter. They are having Blizzcon this year which means WoW's expansion will be revealed at Blizzcon. Not Gamescom.

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@yourdem1ze @lo_crow98 @Devil_wings00 Im more interrested in their Titan project tbh.. I'm tired of hearing about WoW.

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I think it's a new expansion for World of Warcraft or it can be Warcraft 4.

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Didn't Blizzard also trademark Starcraft:Ghost?

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Blizzard molests little children. PS4 sucks. Make me a sandwich women. I hope that is an accurate representation of what I think about this announcement.

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Sounds like a Diablo expansion pack. Will add 1 or 2 new classes and one new act. Meh.

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@lostn and the game will still be a flop :( You are right though, sounds like a Diablo title.

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@gww101 @lostn Or maybe they will change some stuff that made the game fail in the long run.Like shutting down the AH,repairing the loot and that puny "skill tree".

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Not that Blizzard deserves any respect, but I might be intrigued. But this can only be two things: Fifth WoW expansion, first Diablo expansion. No way to tie to the unreleased Protoss campaign and doesn't make much sense for Titan. Blizzard doesn't make anything new, so it can only be those options.

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@Grenadeh Well Titan is meant to be their first new IP since Starcraft in 1998, but eh.. as if that game's ever going to come out.

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@lostn @Grenadeh I don't mind waiting, if they feel like they have to delay it then I don't mind. The reason it got pushed back again is because they are not happy with where it currently stands afaik.

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@yourdem1ze @lostn @Grenadeh Well... to an extent. I have to ask why they made things they weren't happy with. They should have planned and thought it out better.

Titan for instance was worked on for 5 or 6 years with nothing to show for it. Not a single screenshot or concept art, not even an official title. Makes you wonder what they did during that time, why it took so long, and whether it was ever really anything more than vaporware.

Ideally they make good games that don't need to be delayed.

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@lostn @Grenadeh New ideas takes time , like 20 years.

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@Grenadeh Obvious hater is obvious.

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@Morgueson @Grenadeh There are a lot of tangible reasons to hate Blizzard.

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@yourdem1ze @finalkain @Morgueson that's beyond biased... oh well everyone's entitled to their own opinion as bizarre and twisted as they can be...

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@arqe that post gave me cancer

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@Morgueson There are lots of better MMO's than WoW , %99 of the RPG games are better than Diablo 3 , even the mobile RPG's.

Only thing Blizzard got is "fanbase" nothing more.

Blizzard is only interested in "CoD / AC" like projects that they make "NO" improvements but take "IGNORANT" peoples money.

I will never forget the headline from WoTLK ;

"DESTRUCTIBLE BUILDINGS" and they did show it like Battlefields.

Im still laughing at this.

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@finalkain @Morgueson Because the bigger a company is the more hater it has. That is why, nothing else. People hate just for the sake of hating. Blizzard are excellent developers that releases 5 star games. Diablo 3 was not a flop, just people who has nostalgia can't open their eyes and see it for how much better DIII is compared to DII. Also there is a reason World Of Warcraft has been the king for so long, the lore, gameplay.. Well that is my opinion anyway.

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@Morgueson Honestly I blame Activision more than Blizzard but why do you think there is such a general distaste for them? Its not because "All the cool kids are doing it"

D3 was a glorified Cash grab and WoW for the last 3 years has been directed as poorly as a game in its position can be and still remain as profitable as it is. Theres a reason its lost 4+ Million subs in 3 years, and its not all burnout.

But hey... I have my opinion and you have yours.

I feel they have been making all their decisions for the last several years with nothing but Profits in mind instead of whats best for their consumers first. I doubt Im alone in that opinion.

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Boo hoo hoo, they have a huge popular MMO and they don't develop it the way you like. I guess theyre not synonymous with quality then.

Every friggin time its the same thing: if something becomes popular then the company that created it is praised and they make money but when it becomes too popular and they make too much money then they become greedy corporate shills and they are being denigrated.


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@Sardinar @Morgueson @Grenadeh Like a Company that used to be Synonymous with Quality has turned into a mass of greedy corporate shills and it painfully shows with every decision and product they make?

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@Sardinar @Morgueson @Grenadeh Well lets hear why they don't "deserve any respect" then, go on...

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Yes maybe an underwater expansion for WoW with murloc class?

I want it to be D3 exp.

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@floydshayvious underwater expansion ... that reminds me of the internet show "The Guild"

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Unless this Title has some mysterious lore implications that I am unaware of, it seriously sounds like they gave it about 15 seconds worth of thought. Terrible title.

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