Last year, Bethesda made a trademark application for the word "Redfall", which might very well be the official subtitle for the upcoming The Elder Scrolls VI. The title certainly alludes to the Redguard and Hammerfell names of the Elder Scrolls universe - the first referencing a race of humans, who live in the region of the second - so it seems likely to me.
However, the application has now been opposed by science fiction author Jay Falconer, whose ongoing series of novels - currently with two instalments - shares the name.
There won't be a trial or any court appearances as Falconer's publisher, BookBreeze, is simply opposing the trademark rather than claiming any infringement - and as GamesRadar point out, the trial schedule runs all the way to August 2020. While the game itself is a long way off, Bethesda will likely want to promote it well before release, and this legal wrinkle could prevent those plans, should Redfall indeed be the Elder Scroll VI's official title. They could always come out with another game for it, of course.
Falconer responded to the GamesRadar article on Twitter, as follows:
Falconer adds in later tweets that "this is not a legal matter to stop the game", and that "Amazon/Audible would take my books down if this (the trademark application) goes through". He says that Bethesda could simply have made a mistake here, and that they "haven't been bullies".
Which all sounds like the author is well within his rights to say, hey, how about no, in this instance. And Bethesda could certainly do without any more headaches, following Fallout 76's disastrous release. So no doubt we'll see this resolved one way or another, before too long.
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