Bethesda Softworks, developer of The Elder Scrolls
series and current owner of the Fallout
brand, has applied for trademarks protecting a future TV series and film based on the Fallout
The trademark applications were spotted by Dwell On It
, via Joystiq
, and were apparently filed at the start of February.
Whether Bethesda is actively involved in or seeking to create such products is unknown but, since the studio hasn't made any announcement or have any proven interest in extending the brand beyond the singleplayer RPG series, it seems more likely that the trademarks exist to protect the franchise.
Bethesda hasn't even expressed that big a desire to make an MMO within the Fallout
world, licensing those rights out to original Fallout
creators Interplay, though those rights are now in jeopardy
Bethesda has yet to offer up any official comment, though news of a possible Fallout
TV series has drawn mixed reactions from fans. We'll keep you posted if there's any more info.
In the mean time, let us know what you think of how Bethesda is handling the Fallout
brand in the forums
. Would you be interested in a new post-nuclear TV series, or is the genre starting to get a bit over-exposed for you?