According to CVG
, two trademarks filed by Guitar Hero
publisher, Activision, have recently popped up on the US Patent and Trademark office website
. The two names, Guitar Villain
and Drum Villain
, are linked to "computer game software" and "games sold with electronic guitars," both apt descriptors of everyone's favorite couch-jumping rock sim franchise.
Though these trademarks could simply represent a move by Activision to protect their brand from similarly titled knock-offs (eg. Instrument Protagonist
), a diversification of the brand seems more likely, especially with Neversoft getting involved
with the main series. There's still that mysterious port
on the Xbox 360's X-plorer guitar to consider, not to mention the possibilities (and dire need) of a drumming game on the Wii. Keep your eyes and ears open.