Fallout: Shadow of Boston Trademark Is Fake [UPDATE]

Turns out it was a hoax.

389 Comments
Fallout 3 concept art
Fallout 3 concept art

[UPDATE] As is turns out, the German trademark filing for Fallout: Shadow of Boston is fake.

The original story is below.

It continues to appear as if the next entry in the Fallout series will take place in Boston.

As revealed by NeoGAF, Bethesda submitted a trademark application for "Fallout: Shadow of Boston" to the German Patent and Trademark Office on October 27. Bethesda Softworks is tagged as the trademark's owner. It covers video games, as well as "auditioning for TV game shows."

No Caption Provided

This isn't the first time a Fallout-branded TV show has been spoken of. In January 2013, Bethesda filed a trademark application for Fallout that pertained to an "ongoing television program set in a post-nuclear apocalyptic world."

The Fallout: Shadow of Boston trademark application does not show up in the United States Patent & Trademark Office database. We have reached out to Bethesda for comment, and will update this story with anything we hear back.

A report from August 2012 claimed Bethesda had conducted a scouting trip to Boston and the immediate surrounding areas, launching speculation that the unannounced game would be set there. Though a Fallout 4 teaser website proved to be a hoax, casting documents obtained by Kotaku in December 2013 provided new evidence that Fallout 4 was indeed real and set in Boston.

The most recent Fallout title was 2010's Fallout: New Vegas, which was developed by Obsidian Entertainment and set in a postapocalyptic Las Vegas. Its predecessor, Fallout 3, was developed by Bethesda Game Studios and took place in Washington DC and the surrounding area.

Got a news tip or want to contact us directly? Email news@gamespot.com

Join the conversation
There are 389 comments about this story