On November 22, 2018, Square Enix registered a trademark for Parasite Eve in Europe, eight years after the launch of the third, and seemingly final, title of this popular sci-fi horror series.

In order for the trademark to be filed, the company must prove that it intends to use said trademark, so it is very likely that we will see something related to the Parasite Eve franchise in the future. Whether it will be a remake, a new game, or something else, nobody can say for certain just yet.

The first Parasite Eve was launched in 1998 by Square (the predecessor of Square Enix) on PlayStation. This game drew inspiration from a sci-fi horror novel of the same name, published in 1995. In fact, it was a direct sequel to the book. Even though the game was criticized by many for its linear story and low replayability, it garnered critical success.

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The first Parasite Eve was released on PlayStation

This prompted Square to release a sequel for the game, Parasite Eve II, in 1999. Unlike the action-RPG vibe of the first game, Parasite Eve II brings players a survival horror atmosphere, similar to the early Resident Evil games. Once again, the game was a success, despite some criticisms to its controls.

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A scene from Parasite Eve 2

More than a decade later, in 2010, a spin-off titled The 3rd Birthday was released for the PlayStation Portable. Being a spin-off, this game had very little connection to its predecessors in term of story. The gameplay was also drastically changed into a third-person shooter with a touch of RPG mechanics.  This entry received mixed reviews. It was praised for its Overdrive mechanic, but criticized for its convoluted plot.

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The final boss battle of Parasite Eve: The 3rd Birthday

After The 3rd Birthday, Square Enix has not been too eager to expand on the franchise. Now, this trademark registration could possibly signal the revival of Parasite Eve. Even though it is not exactly one of Square Enix’s most notable franchises, it does have a decent fan base, so many fans are excited about this.

Right now, though, the company has not made any official announcement.