Zenimax seeking 'Dawnguard' trademark

Bethesda parent company files application with United States Patent & Trademark Office for "computer game software."

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A newly discovered trademark filing may be giving Elder Scrolls fans a glimpse of something in the future of the franchise. Parent company Zenimax Media has filed a trademark application for "Dawnguard," hinting that a future project is in development for the Elder Scrolls and Fallout publisher.

What's on the horizon for Bethesda?

Filed with the United States Patent & Trademark Office last month (via NowGamer), Dawnguard is listed under the goods and services description of "computer game software for use with computers and video game consoles; downloadable computer game software offered via the Internet and wireless devices."

It is unclear what the trademark is in reference to, and a Bethesda representative declined to comment.

Bethesda has a number of unnamed projects in the works, including at least two Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim DLC packs. Additionally, the developer is working on an iOS project, a next-generation title, and a massively multiplayer online role-playing game, rumored to be set in the Elder Scrolls universe.

Discussion

34 comments
Nightowl99
Nightowl99

Sounds mostly like speculation to me. I'll come back when there's some official news.

PhunnyConflicts
PhunnyConflicts

hmm... sounds very much like a skyrim lore. i think its probably a dlc that is coming out. if it is, i hope its as good as shivering isle dlc. god... that was a damn good dlc - and worth every damn penny!

warhawk-geeby
warhawk-geeby

Dawnguard... Sounds to me like a guard of Dawnstar has his own spin-off solo story coming out.. *Arrow to the knee* :cry:

Mark07041971
Mark07041971

@ polymetalalloy1: Damn straight. And I'm hoping I don't have to wait until the next gen for it, either. And if that is a pic of Danger Mouse next to your tag, major bonus points...

the_mailman
the_mailman

In the TES universe, the 'Dawn Era' is the era where the world began....so may be a connection there in some way @GhoX, what does 'dawnguard' have to do with the aldmeri dominion in any way?

jalen_222
jalen_222

'Caching' 'Caching' Do you get to the cloud district very often? Put down the sword and step away from the dragon.

Scorchstar
Scorchstar

Seeing that "Dawnguard" is being trademarked as a downloadable computer game software, I will say it's either the Skyrim DLC or the next-gen title. @alpha_unit97 Not all of the above is being made by Bethesda. ZeniMax (Parent company) has ZeniMax Online making the MMO, Bethesda Game Studios making the two DLCs and the next-gen title.

alpha_unit97
alpha_unit97

Bethesda, how many things do you want to focus on at once??- 2 mmo's, 2 expansion packs and a next gen title, you guys must be going crazy..

GhoX
GhoX

My guess? A DLC, an expansion or a stand-alone expansion for Skyrim. The name suggests that it may have ties to the new Aldmeri Dominion.

Golden_Gonads
Golden_Gonads

Sounds to me like a potential name for the MMO if the rumours of it being set well before any of the main games are true.

ronnet
ronnet

@TrueGB, they need to secure a better deal next time. This is still a business, and a deal is a deal. What would the investors say when ZeniMax gave away money to Obsidian when they had no legal reason to do so? However ZeniMax should also be able to realize that Obsidian did fine work. Sure it was buggy, but the game sold really well and a vocal hardcore minority of the fanbase prefers it over FO3. There certainly is grounds to give Obsidian another project to work on. From Obsidian's side they simply shouldn't accept cash payment, instead they should ask for a X% of the profit. ZeniMax should be able to see this is still a good deal. This way the lesser TES provinces that lack scope, interest of the mainstream audience, cultural and natural diversity can still be turned into games. Obsidian has enough talent to even make the more repetitive provinces such as black marsh interesting.

laurenceg
laurenceg

@spckj: Since the game has a lot of Norse influence, you're probably right. In Norse mythology, Midgard = Earth, Asgard = Heaven

Llama345
Llama345

I cant stand when they report what they look to trademark.

spckJ
spckJ

Dawnstar + Sovngarde = Dawnguard

RavageCobra
RavageCobra

It's never as exciting for new DLC when all these people keep track of what's being patented. Ruins the surprise :/

The-Neon-Seal
The-Neon-Seal

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The-Neon-Seal
The-Neon-Seal

As a massive TES fan I can only say "AWESOME!!!" I'm with everybody else on this one, make it an actual expansion like shivering isles & bloodmoon please.

The-Neon-Seal
The-Neon-Seal

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TrueGB
TrueGB

I was hoping to see Obsidian do a New Vegas for the Elder Scrolls series, I was betting on Blackmarsh, but after that fiasco with the Metacritic score I highly doubt Obsidian will ever take on a project from Bethesda again.

vadicta
vadicta

@Warlord_Irochi I agree. I loved the Shivering Isles. I just hope it doesn't turn into something like Knights of the Nine, but I doubt that'll happen :)

RockySquirrel
RockySquirrel

I hope they sterilize the bugs in Dawnguard... I know too many Skyrim NPCs who return from the dead after a story line kills them off! :P :P :P NO LOLLYGAGGIN'

Lausanna
Lausanna

It pleases me to no end that Bethesda is still working on the Skyrim DLC instead of shoving down our throats day one. Excited for whatever this is!

Warlord_Irochi
Warlord_Irochi

@vadicta If they don't make a proper expansion for Skyrim it would be the first ES without one, so I would not be surprised. Would love something like "Shivering Isles" in the sense of a fair amounth of extra terrain and quests, not just some cheap dlc.

Spartan_418
Spartan_418

A game about taking arrows to the knees early in the morning.

vadicta
vadicta

Hmmm. Dawn Start, Dawnguard. Maybe they're gearing up for an expansion :D

Warlord_Irochi
Warlord_Irochi

BRAKING NEWS: Videogame website comenter makes out-of-place comment. @Dezuria Isn't that the point of the specialized press among other things?; letting people know when a game is in the works?

Dezuria
Dezuria

BREAKING NEWS: Video game company is making a video game.