The programming schedule for San Diego Comic Con reveals a "a brand new, Sci-Fi Action-RPG based on the DNA of Spore." Rumors and images floating around the Spore forums say the game will be called Darkspore.
"Maxis Studio (The Sims and Spore video games) has just announced their next project, a brand new, Sci-Fi Action-RPG based on the DNA of Spore," says an event listing for SDCC. "Join key leads from the dev team, Thomas Vu, Paul Sottosanti and Lauren McHugh, for the first game reveal to the public!"
Forum rumors have it that the game will have players confronting the Darkspore, an evil alien race that wants to take over the galaxy. CinemaBlend notes that Darkspore.com currently redirects to Spore.com. The URL is owned by Electronic Arts.
Back in May, EA said it would publish a Spore title for PC in the first quarter of 2011.