Blizzard Reportedly Trademarks 'The Dark Below' (Update)

The trademark is not registered to Blizzard Entertainment at this time.

Blizzard Entertainment has reportedly trademarked "The Dark Below", as they trademark the titles of all their computer games and expansions. The new trademark is said to be listed under international class 9, which is standard for computer software. The description given in the trademark application points to a computer game of some sort:
Computer game software; Computer game software downloadable from a global computer network; Downloadable computer game software via a global computer network and wireless devices; Downloadable electronic games via the internet and wireless devices

The big question is: what game is this title connected to? As much as Diablo III players might want a hint at the upcoming expansion for that game, this is more likely to be related to World of Warcraft.

We have to dig way back to get an early Warcraft reference to "the Dark Below". The reference book Warcraft the Role-Playing Game: Manual of Monsters published in 2003 refers to it on page 191:
Demons, devils, and other infernal creatures most certainly take an active interest in the workings of Azeroth. Sorcerers often claim that their power comes directly from such dark sources and occasionally have a patron beast of the Dark Below to foster their magic.
A related creature in in World of Warcraft is Ozumat, who has the title of Fiend of the Dark Below. There are other references to N'Zoth, one of the famed Old Gods in Warcraft lore, who may be part of the next World of Warcraft expansion.

Expansions for both Diablo III and World of Warcraft will likely be announced this year. The Diablo III team will be at the upcoming gamescon event on August 21, to hold a press event with a big Diablo III announcement. That may be announcing the Diablo III expansion, or something else entirely. The next World of Warcraft expansion is expected to be announced at BlizzCon this year, as is the standard process for expansions to Blizzard's MMORPG.

A trademark of "The Dark Below" could relate to one of those two expected expansions; we'll know in time!

Update: The trademark is not listed as one of Blizzard's trademarks, at the US Patent and Trademark Office website. We're going to agree with the retraction by mmo-champion, in that this may be a hoax, or at least cannot be verified at this time. Either way, it is not the Diablo III expansion, since Blizzard is already teasing Reaper of Souls for that.
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