Recently it has been proven that trademark registrations are hardly confirmation of a project, but forgive us for getting a little excited about this one. EA has recently filed a couple of applications with the US Patent and Trademark Office hinting at a potential reboot of Desert Strike.
Back in the early 90s, that was the name of an isometric helicopter shoot ’em up released for the Mega Drive, SNES and Commodore Amiga – gamers step into the cockpit of an Apache helicopter in the middle of the Gulf War, capturing bad guys, rescuing hostages, and blowing stuff up. There’s even a mission that involves protecting the President of the United States, in case you missed the subtleties of which side you’re on.
It was EA‘s best-selling game at the time, and marked the beginning of the Strike series, which also spawned Jungle Strike, Urban Strike, Soviet Strike and Nuclear Strike. Fifth sequel Future Strike never made it to retail.
As with all registrations like this, it could just be a precaution, but more than a few retro fans are anxiously excited at the hint this could be the next classic headed for a glorious next-gen reboot.