A listing of trademarks suggests that Parasite Eve, Square’s sleek action-horror series, could be ready for a revival – and I couldn’t be happier.
As reported by gematsu (opens in new tab)Square Enix, Square’s successor conglomerate, presented a trade mark (opens in new tab) for “Symbiogenesis” on October 13 in Japan. While the brand encompasses merchandise, software, and peripherals (which many brands tend to do), what’s particularly interesting is what Symbiogenesis actually means.
According to Journal of Theoretical Biology (opens in new tab), Symbiogenesis is “literally ‘becoming living together'” and refers to the “crucial role of symbiosis in major evolutionary innovations”. In Parasite Eve, genetics and evolution play a key role in the story, suggesting that Square Enix could be gearing up to revive the long-dormant horror series.
The original Parasite Eve was released on PS1 in 1998. An unofficial sequel to Hideaki Sena’s sci-fi horror novel of the same name, Parasite Eve followed NYC cop Aya Brea as she tries to stop Eve, an ancient biological evil. who wants to destroy the human race.
A sequel to the game was released in 1999 (2000 for those in North America and Europe), but after a re-release in 2010/11, inclusion in the PlayStation Classic lineup, and a dreadful PSP sequel, the series went dormant. This may have been in part due to the rights to the series being co-owned by Sena, which caused the re-releases to be delayed, but a reason for the series to be quiet was never really shared.
What we do know, however, is that now is the perfect time for Square Enix to consider a revival of its classic horror series. After all, horror revivals are all the rage right now, with Konami bringing back Silent Hill, EA working on a Dead Space Remake, and Capcom finding success with their Resident Evil remakes. It’s the perfect time to introduce new generations to video game classics.
The time is now
Remasters and remakes have been gaining traction in recent years as they allow a new generation of gamers to play titles they may have missed and allow those who have played the original games to revisit them with a fresh coat of paint. All without having to hunt down old hardware to do this.
Horror games in particular are having a resurgence recently. Perhaps because being afraid of fools doesn’t age, even if the hardware and the players themselves do.
As a horror fan, I’m crossing my fingers and toes for Parasite Eve to have a renaissance because the first game was only released in Japan and North America, not the Europe where I live. This means that I, along with many others, missed what is now considered a horror classic.
It’s worth noting, however, that Square Enix has not confirmed that a Parasite Eve revival is in the works. While the publisher may simply be protecting the series in one way or another, the trademark name isn’t simply “Parasite Eve”, instead it sounds a bit more like a nickname or codename. Hopefully, then, Parasite Eve: Symbiogenesis is on the way – even if it’s a nightmare to type.