Activision Files For "Sing Hero" Patent
Activision's Guitar Hero franchise is already an enormous success, so of course, they're looking to take full advantage. You already know about the specific band spin-offs like Guitar Hero: Metallica, and other titles like DJ Hero and the recently rumored Band Hero. Well, how's about another one to chew on?
According to GameSpot, Activision has registered a new filing with the US Patent and Trademark Office: Sing Hero. The filing provides us with the following explanation:
"...computer game software and related instruction manual sold together as a unit; interactive video game programs; computer game cartridges; computer game discs; downloadable computer game software; video game controllers; interactive video game comprised of a cartridge or DVD sold as a unit with a video game controller."
We have no other details at this time, but it's probably safe to assume that Sing Hero would follow the path blazed by other franchises, like SingStar and Karaoke Revolution. Although it's not on the same level as Guitar Hero in this country, SingStar is a huge release over in Europe, and the craze could hit this country as well...anything with "Hero" in the game title will be quickly recognized, right?
However, as the afore-linked article indicates, this filing doesn't mean a game called Sing Hero is inevitable. Activision has filed names like "Drum Hero," "Keyboard Hero," and "Guitar Villain" in the past, and none of those saw the light of day. So while we can't confirm "Sing Hero," we would like to say it's probably a damn good idea.
3/12/2009 Ben Dutka