'Fallout: Shadow of Boston' trademark application spotted [Update]

A new trademark application for something called "Fallout: Shadow of Boston" has been spotted. Could we finally be getting a new Fallout game?

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Those keeping an eye on Bethesda to see when they will announce a new Fallout title have something to finally sink their teeth into as a trademark application for the brand “Fallout: Shadow of Boston” has been registered in Germany.

The application was spotted by a NeoGAF user and has been trademarked by Bethesda Softworks LLC. Fallout: Shadow of Boston’s description points towards it being a game as the terms “computer game discs; Downloadable computer game programs; Computer game programs downloaded via the internet” are used within the application.

A new Fallout game has been rumored for quite some time now to be set somewhere in Massachusetts, so this trademark seems to sync up with previous rumors. Hopefully, whatever Fallout: Shadow of Boston turns out to be, let’s just hope it takes advantage of current-gen consoles and PCs.

[UPDATE: Bethesda took to Twitter this afternoon to put this story to rest. "The German trademark filing that's making the rounds is a hoax," the company said in an official statement. "This didn't come from our offices."]

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    November 5, 2014 6:26 AM

    Daniel Perez posted a new article, 'Fallout: Shadow of Boston' trademark application spotted

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      November 5, 2014 6:28 AM

      fallout 4!!!!

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      November 5, 2014 6:28 AM

      Please don't be a shitty mobile game

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        November 5, 2014 6:32 AM

        Aww man, sort of sounds like that doesn't it? Let's hope not.

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          November 5, 2014 6:39 AM

          Ever since that stupid Deus Ex thing I don't trust a franchise game announcement that doesn't have a number after the title.

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          November 5, 2014 6:43 AM

          maybe a shitty mobile game riding on the coattails of Fallout 4, though

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      November 5, 2014 6:28 AM

      YES. GIVE IT TO ME

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      November 5, 2014 6:33 AM

      Man a new fallout....I am ready

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      November 5, 2014 6:33 AM

      I need this

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      November 5, 2014 6:34 AM

      More American east coast? I guess I'll take it, but it wouldn't have been my first choice.

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        November 5, 2014 6:38 AM

        What would be?

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        November 5, 2014 6:42 AM

        the setting is inherently American, and the last major game was set in the southwest. i look forward to seeing what they can do with New England. hopefully it's more like Point Lookout than Fallout 3.

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          November 5, 2014 7:42 AM

          Swamps and zombie rednecks is not fallout. :(

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            November 5, 2014 7:44 AM

            i meant interesting post-nuclear biosphere environment rather than just a brown plain of bleakness. that made sense in the Southwest but not so much in the DC suburbs, and it also wasn't that interesting.

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          November 5, 2014 10:09 AM

          lplasmatron is on the case!

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        November 5, 2014 8:04 AM

        Agreed, I'd like to see them go back to Los Angeles but I'll take anything I can get for fallout.

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        November 5, 2014 8:45 AM

        San Fransisco would be a great Fallout city, the park, museums in the park and Modern Art, the presideo (now know as LucasFilms/ILM), the old base under the bridge, the golden gate, the warf, the mission, 3rd/Ceasr Cavez and the Ballpark and the surrounding multi-million dollar "loft" homes. So much awesome and unique.

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          November 5, 2014 9:01 AM

          Plus the triad!

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          November 5, 2014 9:31 AM

          san francisco should be nuked tho. total goner

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            November 5, 2014 10:57 AM

            Every city in Fallout was nuked, isn't that the point? WWIII actually happened and every single major civic center was nuked to hell. Still lots of opportunity for rebuilding amongst the debris, seeing as how the events in the Fallout games (as of NV anyway) are something like 2 centuries after the war.

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          November 5, 2014 10:15 AM

          It's been in Fallout 2.

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        November 5, 2014 9:22 AM

        there's already been 3 games in the series that took place out west. Only FO3 took place in DC.

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      November 5, 2014 6:36 AM

      Walking along the shores of an irradiated Charles river...

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      November 5, 2014 6:37 AM

      Is there a reason why stories won't load in the chatty app?

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        November 5, 2014 7:29 AM

        I have this same problem.

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        November 5, 2014 8:30 AM

        Use stonedonkey api, not win chatty.

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        November 5, 2014 10:02 AM

        It's been that way since the redesign, not sure if the app guys plan to fix it, or can

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      November 5, 2014 6:40 AM

      great. now everyone will sound like Cliff Clavin from cheers. meh small price to pay for another freakin' fallout game!!!

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        November 5, 2014 7:28 AM

        Wicked!

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        November 5, 2014 9:00 AM

        Hopefully Cindy Robinson gets cast; she voiced Corporal Betsy in Fallout New Vegas, and she voiced the Bronx-accent robot girl Labrys in Persona 4 Arena.

        She also did some cameo voices in Bioshock Infinite (but no Boston accent... come on, Ken Levine, you missed an opportunity there!).

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      November 5, 2014 6:43 AM

      Awwwww yeah

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      November 5, 2014 6:48 AM

      Will I be able to press X to stealth kiss my Ghoul wife?

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        November 5, 2014 7:02 AM

        PRESS X TO DRINK DELICIOUS NUKA COLA

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          November 5, 2014 7:09 AM

          Press X to escape vault. You gotta start early with those "Press X" moments. ;)

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      November 5, 2014 7:03 AM

      PLEASE GOD BE FALLOUT 4

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      November 5, 2014 7:04 AM

      Do want!

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      November 5, 2014 7:19 AM

      Please let them use a better engine.

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        November 5, 2014 7:31 AM

        Ha!

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        November 5, 2014 7:36 AM

        hopefully the reason no Fallout/TES has been announced is because they're doing a new engine targeted to the new consoles.

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        November 5, 2014 7:43 AM

        I'd be happy with the Skyrim engine but something newer would be nice.

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        November 5, 2014 7:52 AM

        I don't think there are any engines that can do what their engine does at this point. Despite all the issues it has, can you name any other game that does what Elder Scrolls and Fallout 3+ do?

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          November 5, 2014 7:54 AM

          It doesn't have to be someone else's engine. All of their games are based on the outdated Gamebryo engine and it really needs to be replaced. Given the particular needs of their games, it would make the most sense for them to build their own engine that they could use for Elder Scrolls, Fallout, and whatever other open world IPs they might want to develop. That wouldn't be easy or cheap to do, but it seems necessary to me.

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        November 5, 2014 8:45 AM

        Yeah, id Tech 5 kinda sucks trololol

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        November 5, 2014 10:58 AM

        I imagine developing an entirely new engine would take a bunch more development time on top of populating assets and such into Fallout 4.

        Bethesda's fast and loose application of quality control in their recent titles is frustrating, but is completely made up for by how fucking amazing the open world they create is. Plus the mod scene around Bethesda games is always huge, which is half the fun.

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      November 5, 2014 7:28 AM

      Dr. Zimmer Dr. Zimmer

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      November 5, 2014 7:29 AM

      I fucking hate boston so I want to see it in complete ruins.. YES

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      November 5, 2014 8:03 AM

      Fallout 4 on my fucking face!

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      November 5, 2014 8:24 AM

      YAY I WANT A NEW FALLOUT GAME!

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      November 5, 2014 8:24 AM

      oooooooooooOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAA

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      November 5, 2014 8:29 AM

      This is such an underwhelming title now that Shadow of Mordor has come out.

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      November 5, 2014 8:36 AM

      Sign me up, can't wait.

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      November 5, 2014 8:45 AM

      Shadows of Boston

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      November 5, 2014 8:57 AM

      Arrrrrgh, I'm torn on this... I spoilered Fallout 3 by reading the Wikia too much, and I felt encumbered by the RPG focus and the dice-roll of VATS, but I'll have firsthand knowledge of numerous blocks and towns. I remember DC-area Shackers commenting on references to real-life towns and landmarks.

      I feel like they were heading toward this, anyway; there were parts of Fallout 3 that referenced the Boston area. Were there references in the classic Fallout games (i.e.: the ones developed by Black Isle), or was that purely the work of Bethesda's writers?

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        November 5, 2014 8:59 AM

        i think the Commonwealth stuff is all Bethesda.

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        November 5, 2014 8:59 AM

        I don't remember any references to much outside the west coast in the original titles, but someone more dedicated might know for sure.

        As much as I like the Elder Scrolls-esque open world in FO3 and NV, I'd kinda like to see a return to having a "map" so that they could do several big areas with more distinct terrain and story stuff going on in each one, rather than being anchored to just the immediate vicinity of a major city.

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          November 5, 2014 9:08 AM

          I thought the Fallout 3 map covered a few suburban areas of DC metro. For example, Falls Church, VA is 4 miles west of Washington, but it's also a place in the game. I don't know if anyone did a map-based comparison, but GamesRadar did have this venue-by-venue comparison article: http://www.gamesradar.com/fallout-3-vs-reality-photo-comparison/

          I'd like to see a separated "map" as well, something a bit more orchestrated than just a grid-based random encounter where a Deathclaw is spawned in. Despite the tension it builds, it just makes me want to save-scum and/or avoid traversing an excessive amount of map squares, in order to reduce the number of random encounter rolls.

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            November 5, 2014 12:53 PM

            The Fallout 3 map is compressed compared to the real world, but otherwise the layout is surprisingly close to correct. I've seen a comparison, but I can't seem to find it now.

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      November 5, 2014 9:02 AM

      Oh Jesus. Can you imagine an entire game where all the characters have Bostonian accents? Jesus fucking Christ.

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      November 5, 2014 9:26 AM

      If this game has to do with the Institute (remains of MIT) it'll be even more awesome.

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        November 5, 2014 10:20 AM

        this is pretty much the only part of that setting established by the previous games, so seems like a safe bet.

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      November 5, 2014 10:08 AM

      Bastahn!!

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      November 5, 2014 10:09 AM

      I would prefer Chicago myself ...

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      November 5, 2014 10:51 AM

      While it's true the next Fallout game is set in Boston I wouldn't expect news anytime soon.
      http://kotaku.com/leaked-documents-reveal-that-fallout-4-is-real-set-in-1481322956
      http://abload.de/img/2014-11-0519_17_51-faczuey.png

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      November 5, 2014 10:52 AM

      GREEN MONSTER AMIRITE? ban me lol

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      November 6, 2014 4:17 PM

      Anyone wanna bet Bethesda will pull out a Prey 2 with Fallout? I mean, it's the second hoax. I don't think they want to make another Fallout. I would only consider getting a new fallout if Obsidian developed it, too.