Gematsu recently reported that Square Enix has secured the term “Symbiogenesis” in Japan. This is exciting in that the word hides an evolutionary biological theory, which was a narrative component of the horror classic Parasite Eve. The cult title came onto the market in 1998 for the first Playstation. A year later, a sequel to the horror game was released, based on a novel published in 1995.
But after the second part, the brand was quiet for many years. Although a third part was released for the Playstation Portable in 2010, there was nothing more to report about Parasite Eve. Nevertheless, the first part enjoys an excellent average rating on platforms such as Metacritic. While the critic value is 81 out of 100 possible points on average, the user score is 8.9 out of 10 possible points on average. The first part was remembered by fans as a very successful mix of horror elements and role-playing parts.
Why the term symbiogenesis?
The term, which describes the process of merging two organisms into one, was apparently chosen since Square Enix does not own the rights to Parasite Eve in Japan. The well-known leaker Dusk Golem expressed this on Twitter as a thesis as to why this term was chosen. According to Dusk Golem, Square Enix owns the intellectual rights to its own interpretation of the brand, including the protagonist Aya Brea.
How likely is a remake?
In times that celebrate the return of brands like Resident Evil or Silent Hill, a return of Parasite Eve seems plausible. At the same time, it’s not as if there aren’t reports of renewal or acquisition of naming rights from time to time that just don’t lead to anything.
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For example, Gamerant points out that Square Enix only reserved Parasite Eve as a brand in the UK in 2019. So it remains to be seen if and how the series could celebrate a return. In the meantime, Square Enix may have to deal with some criticism regarding their new NFT shop.
Sources: Gematsu, Gamingbolt, Metacritic, Twitter (Dusk Golem)Gamerant