Bethesda trademarks ‘Fallout 4,’ countdown site launched

Fallout

Start stockpiling your Rad-X and stimpacks and find the nearest underground bunker.

Developer Bethesda has registered a trademark for Fallout 4 in Europe, leading some to the conclusion that an announcement may be imminent. A trademark in and of itself isn’t much cause for alarm, but it’s paired with the existence of a domain registered by Zenimax, leading to a site counting down to…something.

There’s been some speculation that this may be a precursor to Fallout 4 being officially announced at Spike TV’s annual awards ceremony, recently redubbed as the not-at-all ridiculous VGX. However, the countdown seems to be hovering at around 23 days, indicating the clock runs out about Dec. 10 – VGX airs Dec. 7.  Of course, that assumes the timer is counting down to an announcement and not something else; it’s entirely possible something official will be revealed at VGX, which is traditionally rife with new game announcements.

If the trademark and the countdown does preclude the announcement of a full-fledged Fallout sequel, it will surely come as welcome news to fans of the long-running franchise. It would mark the first full-blown Fallout by Bethesda since the developer revived the franchise with 2008′s Fallout 3; though 2010 saw the release of Fallout: New Vegas, it was developed by Obsidian Entertainment.

Not much of anything is known at all, but at this point odds are a new Fallout would be a next-gen title.

Are you excited by the prospect of a new Fallout game? Why or why not? Let us know in the comments.

 

Matt Liparota is a news reporter and editor for Stick Skills and professional newspaper designer working in Madison, Wis. Playing games his entire life has engendered an unabashed love of the industry, flaws and all. He'll try almost any kind of game at least once and also enjoys long walks on the beach, puppies and fine cheeses. Follow him on Twitter @mrliparota.