Sometimes companies register trademarks with names like ‘APPLEBEE’ or ‘BIGTITAN’ and we’re really not sure whether that’s the name of their next game or the first sign of a sideways leap into the jam market. This time, though, Bethesda have bagged the name “FALLOUT” at the US Patent and Trademark Office for “an on-going television program set in a post-nuclear apocalyptic world”.
So that’s settled, then.
There’s no comment to be had from Bethesda, but it’s scarcely a week since Three Dog voice actor Erik Todd Dellums tweeted to tell his fans that "there may be more of the Dog coming." He followed this up by adding "I was given permission to release that tease."
Perhaps Galaxy News Radio won’t make its return in Fallout 4 as many suspected, then, but over the hedge in TV’s electric gardens.
This makes sense. Bethesda parent company Zenimax are quite a big media conglomerate, with fingers in many pies. Fallout’s brilliance goes deep, but its hook is a killer premise which is more or less medium agnostic. And what’s more, there’s a rather successful YouTube series already:
There are others, too, from those with easy access to a wasteland. Check out Fallout: Lanius, the Australian new Vegas fan film.
How does the idea of a Fallout TV series make you feel? Excited? Sweaty-palmed? Shouty?