Microsoft files for several game-related trademarks, could announce them at E3 2014

We are now less than two months away from E3 2014, the biggest single trade show event in the video game industry. Microsoft executives have already hinted that there will be lots of new game announcements from them during the show, which happens in Los Angeles from June 10-12. Microsoft is expected to hold its pre-E3 press event in the city the day before on June 9th.

While the company, as one might expect, isn't commenting on what it will be revealing during the show, there have been a number of recent filings made by Microsoft with the US Patent and Trademark Office that could show the titles for several games that would be revealed at E3 2014.

The filings, all of which have been labeled as relating to "game software". include titles like "Secrets and Treasure", "Tentacles: Enter the Mind", "Snap Attack", "Eden Falls" and most recently "Screamride." 

It's possible that Microsoft could launch some new Xbox One or Windows 8-based games with one or more of these titles before E3 2014 shows up. However, the timing of their filings is close enough to the show that it is more likely the company will reveal them during their pre-E3 press event. 

Source: USPTO

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Shadow, i don't even know what you're talking about anymore, but as Mobius said, you're claiming Halo isn't a Microsoft title? Are you also saying Xbox isn't a Microsoft brand? So Call of Duty Ghosts is Infinity Ward, not Activision? And NV/AMD GPUs are TSCM, not actually NVIDIA/AMD? You need help dude, saying this as someone who has been getting help for years now...

Thief000 said,
Hmmm, guess you need to check the Windows Store. There's tons of games on there under the Xbox banner.

Plenty MS stuff on Steam as well.

Thief000 said,
Hmmm, guess you need to check the Windows Store. There's tons of games on there under the Xbox banner.

Yeah they all qualify as top notch PC titles..

And in steam, oh yeah an xbox port (halo), Flight Simulator which they ruined, age op empires (which is ancient), age of mythology which is a remake....
And the rest pretty much all are published by MS, not created by.

Shadowzz said,

Yeah they all qualify as top notch PC titles..

And in steam, oh yeah an xbox port (halo), Flight Simulator which they ruined, age op empires (which is ancient), age of mythology which is a remake....
And the rest pretty much all are published by MS, not created by.


And because they're published by them, they would never have launched on Steam without them.

Oh publishing now means creating games?

Not sure what world your living at, but the last proper PC game Microsoft has "created" themselves is probably flight simulator X

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L...lished_by_Microsoft_Studios
Windows 8 games are mainly garbage, simple games that could be played on an iPad or any other tablet, thus not PC worthy.

For steam, the few fun ones are only published by, Iron Brigade was quite fun IMO and Microsoft Flight is a horrible new version of Flight Sim,
And the rest are remakes of old titles.

Lets go the DOS/Windows list, last couple of years, hmmm lets see... Published by, published by, remake, remake, published by, xbox port, published by, xbox port...

Really, please name a few recent good quality PC games made by Microsoft.

But I guess by people here consider Microsoft Mahjong to be an AA title PC game.

So according to your logic Halo isn't a Microsoft franchise? And Call of Duty isn't an Activision franchise? Publishing equals making, it's the same as Ford or Nissan etc paying someone to make the batteries in their cars, those are still Ford and Nissan made cars. Pretty simple logic. If you mean that MS doesn't have in-house game development that is not done by studios, then that is correct. But MS were never much of a game developer.

neoadorable said,
So according to your logic Halo isn't a Microsoft franchise? And Call of Duty isn't an Activision franchise? Publishing equals making, it's the same as Ford or Nissan etc paying someone to make the batteries in their cars, those are still Ford and Nissan made cars. Pretty simple logic. If you mean that MS doesn't have in-house game development that is not done by studios, then that is correct. But MS were never much of a game developer.

No it doesn't, but I can at least understand where you are coming from. Anyone could put their name on a game as a publisher, and many publishers have a variety of good and bad games. Seeing X as a publisher doesn't really mean anything to a gamer like myself.

When I see Naughty Dog or Bungie or Valve on the list as a developer though, you bet your ass my head will turn.

So saying Microsoft has games on Steam means very little to me as opposed to knowing they've put real support behind a well known game or developer on a new project. When that happens, you bet I'll be excited!

Until then, best we can hope for is remakes of AOE and AOM I suppose. :/

(please don't misinterpret this for MS hate; I'm a PC gamer that wants to see MS back in the PC gaming business)

Also understand what you mean, though bringing Valve into it is a typical example of what i was saying. Most think of Left 4 Dead as Valve, though it wasn't developed by them and was actually co-published with EA i believe. At any rate, i know what you're saying. Never a fan of any internally-developed MS titles, so i'm fine with them being just publishers, who have the resources to do a lot more than they are doing currently for games development - that i also agree with.

neoadorable said,
So according to your logic Halo isn't a Microsoft franchise? And Call of Duty isn't an Activision franchise? Publishing equals making, it's the same as Ford or Nissan etc paying someone to make the batteries in their cars, those are still Ford and Nissan made cars. Pretty simple logic. If you mean that MS doesn't have in-house game development that is not done by studios, then that is correct. But MS were never much of a game developer.

Halo is bought and its an Xbox franchise..

Have you even bothered reading or are you just seeing what you like to see?

TheExperiment said,
Publishing means they have the final say in what platforms the game is made for. If MS said no, it wouldn't have happened.

Yeah, Microsoft is the only publisher.

Shadowzz said,

Halo is bought and its an Xbox franchise..

Have you even bothered reading or are you just seeing what you like to see?
Yeah, Microsoft is the only publisher.

Really, you are going to argue Halo isn't a Microsoft product? Or argue it is an 'XBox' franchise to distance it from Microsoft?

I don't think you understand how studios, developers, and publishers truly work.

Companies like Microsoft can hire 'developers' and 'studios' to make a game for them and still dictate what the game is, how it works, and control every design element of the game. This doesn't diminish Microsoft's role in the game. (Go lookup Bungie and why they wanted to do something ON THEIR OWN.)

To claim Microsoft is only a 'publisher' is beyond disingenuous. It implies Microsoft had no involvement in 'content creation' at the 'author' level, and they did.

Yeah they bought initial Halo, remember it was a PC title and then MS bought them up, and it launched on Xbox with a PC title lagging behind what, 2 years if I'm not mistaken.

It's an Xbox franchise which later spread to PC and today is on the phone and tablets as well.

PC != Xbox.

Microsoft for PC games is mainly a publisher yeah, open that Wiki link, please show me what decent PC titles (not tablet games or whatever) Microsoft has created since 2006 (the year FSX was released)
Most studios are not under the hood of Microsoft, and is not like DICE and BF4 releasing a "dice" but actually EA game.
Rather more how Activision (used to) publish games, just taking care of the publishing with little to no input on the creation of the game (besides due dates and such)

And even is Microsoft 'created' PC titles since 2006... (Iron Brigade for example had very little MS input on the development), have you taken a look at the games they created?

Rehashing Age of Empires and making a fanbased free addon paid equals creating new good PC titles?
Cause that list is very bareboned, half is published, 40% is remastered/remade and the rest are Microsoft Minesweeper, Mahjong and such for tablets/phones. Well and the Halo game.