Trolled By The GOV: The Dark Below Is A Hoax?
MMO Champion might have got it wrong about The Dark Below, which they are now calling a big fat hoax.
We had a pretty awesome 24 hours of speculating on what The Dark Below could possibly be and I guess we can go ahead and stop. Yesterday we reported that Blizzard trademarked the term “The Dark Below” as a title for a computer game. It was speculated that it was the title of either a World of Warcraft of Diablo 3 expansion. But it turns out that anyone can create an application if they have the time, inclination and money. MMO Champion posted about The Dark Below again today:
“It’s time to end the fun party we’ve been having for the past 24H. As it turns out, it’s pretty easy to add whatever the hell you want on a .gov website. According to this new page, Blizzard just trademarked Corgis Unleashed, a game that according to our sources would kind of look like this:
“We probably jumped on the bandwagon a little early and I spent the past 24H double checking stuff since it was basically everywhere, I guess today is just not the day. Sorry guys, going to call the whole The Dark Below thing a hoax.”
No! No! No! I want to believe! I really want the Old Gods and Azshara and…no, I don’t want to head back into Vashj’ir but it would have been so awesome to have a darker expansion to come after fluffy pandas. Wow, I’ve had fun these past 24 hours chatting to GAMEBREAKER readers, twitter followers and my raid team about what it could all mean.
I will say though: The Dark Below is in fact, on the .gov site. So somebody must have actually submitted the application.
Doing this costs around $550. So, if this really is a hoax, it was from a very determined trickster.
And I want to shake that guy’s hand.
Editor’s note: While writing this, the author did research checking the official site for information. What was unclear at the time was whether or not the first application (not the corgis, we all know that’s fake) had made it to the point that it would begin to cost the person who submitted it. It is the idea that this application might be a bit more along in the process than the corgis are that prompted the author to write about the potential cost.