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Rumor: Microsoft trademarks “Marlow Briggs,” possible character for spinoff title?

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Microsoft may have very special plans for a yet-unknown charterer in their Gears of War franchise, if their latest exploits in trademarking are any indication.

They recently went ahead and trademarked the name “Marlow Briggs” via a TEAS Plus application, which was filed under the identification category of “game software.” Below is a general summary of the trademark, provided by Neogaf user “Rosti.”

Word Mark MARLOW BRIGGS
Goods and Services IC 009. US 021 023 026 036 038. G & S: Game software
Standard Characters Claimed
Mark Drawing Code (4) STANDARD CHARACTER MARK
Serial Number 85832005
Filing Date January 24, 2013
Current Basis 1B
Original Filing Basis 1B
Owner (APPLICANT) Microsoft Corporation CORPORATION WASHINGTON One Microsoft Way Redmond WASHINGTON 980526399
Attorney of Record Lisa M. Martens
Type of Mark TRADEMARK
Register PRINCIPAL
Live/Dead Indicator LIVE

We couldn’t help but notice on the Gears of War wiki that the deceased members of the team Echo-Ten included a member by the name of Jordan Briggs.  He obviously shares the same surname as this mysterious Marlow fellow, so perhaps Marlow is his sibling? The name Marlow is unisex, so we have no idea whether this unannounced character is male or female, and given that both genders are quite prominent in the world of the series as of Gears of War 3, anything’s possible.

The thing is, if Microsoft went to all this trouble to secure a trademark for just one character, then clearly they think he/she is important and they have some rather big plans for them. The easiest way to speculate would be to say that Marlow will star in a spinoff, but who knows? Maybe they will factor into promotion and marketing for the upcoming Gears of War: Judgement somehow.

Stay tuned for more news on the Gears of War franchise and any future appearances of Marlow Briggs, whoever he/she is.

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RUMOR: Fable 4 Story, Gameplay Details Leak Ahead of E3

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Fable 4 will abandon its typical setting of Albion and firearm combat for a brand new, medieval-themed open-world, a possible leak suggests.

A video of the upcoming game has supposedly been viewed by reddit user LagSwag1 who quickly shared the information.

The screenshot below appears to show a brief story synopsis of a new world built upon the ashes of Albion and Fable 3’s Aurora. The two lands have been ‘reduced to fables’ by a mad king, who rebuilt the Spire and wished for an asteroid to strike the planet.

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Now in a new era of a medieval-styled world spanning new continents and a Heroes Guild has survived behind a demon door. The leak also appears to describe specific old Fable links such as prophet Theresa and Jack of Blades. However, whether or not these links will be main features of gameplay or if they are alluded to as myths, history, or lore is unclear.

Fable 4 will feature first or third-person camera options, features in-depth character creator, incorporates multiplayer, and also strongly relies on time travel, perhaps as a mode of fast travel.

Though, again, not officially confirmed, the leak suggests the game will also benefit from using the Unreal Engine.

Forza Horizon developer Playground Games has taken over the mantel of producing the next Fable game, so how these leaked details may relate to the game remains to be seen. If the leak is accurate, fans can look forward to an update at Microsoft’s E3 press conference June 9.

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