Zenimax filed a trademark for “Void Engine Powered by Id Tech” last week, suggesting the company has developed a new game engine.
Zenimax is the parent company of developer Bethesda, the team responsible for Elder Scrolls, current-gen Fallout titles and last year’s Dishonored. The application, filed Nov. 8 with the United States Patent & Trademark Office, covers an engine used to “design and develop computer games.” It’s unknown whether this engine is related to next-gen consoles, which hit the market this month.
As the patent suggests, the engine is powered by id Tech, a series of engines by id Software, which is owned by Bethesda. The newest, id Tech 5, powers next-gen titles like Wolfenstein: The New Order and Doom 4.
It remains to be seen whether this filing is in any way related to the rumor that a new, Bethesda-developed entry in the Fallout franchise is set to be announced in coming weeks.