The makers of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim have reportedly filed a trademark application that could see to the development of a television series based on another of their popular game franchises: Fallout.
According to reports, Bethesda Softworks has filed a trademark application for an “ongoing television program set in a post-nuclear apocalyptic world.”
That news — which was initially reported by The Vault — follows an announcement by Fallout 3 voice actor Erik Todd Dellums indicating that he would soon return for a new Fallout project. It remains unclear if Dellums, who played the character Three Dog in Fallout 3, is referring to a new Fallout game or the rumored TV series.
It’s entirely possible Bethesda is working on both a new game and a TV show. It’s been more than two years since the release of Bethesda’s last Fallout game (fall 2010’s New Vegas). Last summer, reports emerged suggesting Bethesda was working on a Fallout 4 and that the game would be set in a futuristic, apocalyptic Boston, Massachusetts. Those reports indicated that Bethesda developers were actively “scoping out and researching” Boston.
As for a television show, it’s hard to argue that a post-apocalyptic theme would draw in viewers. Bethesda has shown in the past that it’s capable of constructing an engaging storyline for its dystopian world.
Of course, as a veteran Fallout player, I can’t help but wonder if a Fallout TV show would suffer the kind of mind-boggling glitches that have marred an otherwise excellent video game franchise.
Said glitches were so bad in New Vegas that one wonders if the idea of a Fallout show is now just a little less appealing than it might have once been.