Nintendo Renews Eternal Darkness Trademark

A sequel could yet see the light of day

Released in 2002 on the GameCube, survival horror title Eternal Darkness: Sanity's Requiem became an instant cult classic. Since then there have been glimpses of evidence that a sequel would eventually come to be, but up to now it hasn't happened.

The game has come excruciatingly close to a sequel and now, eleven years later, it appears that Nintendo does in fact have some sort of plan for it, as it's gone and renewed the trademark again - extending it for the fifth time.

Here are the full details of the renewal, courtesy of LegalForce:

Word Mark: ETERNAL DARKNESS
Status/
Status Date:
FIFTH EXTENSION - GRANTED
12/20/2012
Serial Number: 77932350
Filing Date: 2/10/2010
Registration Number: NOT AVAILABLE
Registration Date: NOT AVAILABLE

Goods and Services: computer game programs; computer game software; electronic game programs; electronic game software; interactive electronic game programs; interactive electronic game software; interactive video game programs; interactive video game software; video game programs; video game software

Mark Description: NOT AVAILABLE
Type Of Mark: TradeMark
Published For Opposition Date: 5/25/2010

Last Applicant/Owner: Nintendo of America Inc.
Redmond, WA 98052

Nintendo seems keen to keep the franchise going, however there's no indication that Silicon Knights, the developer behind the original, will be involved with any sort of sequel.The developer is reportedly in disarray, so could Nintendo have passed the baton over to another studio to work on it instead?

What's your take on this news? Would you be interested in a sequel for Eternal Darkness? Sound off in the comments below.

[via trademarkia.com, neogaf.com]