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Fallout 4 trademark spotted

Reveal at VGX?

A trademark for Fallout 4 has been spotted, sparking speculation that Bethesda may be set to announce a new PC and next-gen version of the post-apocalyptic open world role-playing game series.

The trademark, spotted by The Vault, is on the website of OHIM, the Office of Harmonization for the Internal Market. OHIM governs trademarks in Europe, and has been the source of video game leaks in the past.

In this case, the trademark for Fallout 4 was registered on 14th November 2013. Current speculation points to a reveal at the Spike Video Game Awards show, renamed VGX and set for the evening of Saturday, 7th December. Bethesda has a track record of unveiling debut trailers for its games there.

In April Bethesda Game Studios announced it had moved onto its next major project after wrapping up downloadable content for Skyrim.

"For the last year and a half we've been working on new content for Skyrim, from the game updates, Creation Kit, Steam Workshop, Kinect support, to DLCs," wrote Bethesda Game Studios.

"Parts of our team have also been in pre-production on our next major project, and that game is at the point where it requires the studio's full attention to make it our biggest and best work yet."

Bethesda hasn't announced or mentioned Fallout 4, but has always fully intended to make more than one game - Fallout 3 - in the series (Fallout: New Vegas was made by Obsidian).

There was a brief tease in January this year when the actor who played Three Dog in Fallout 3 tweeted that fans may not have seen the end of his character.

Bethesda declined to comment when contacted by Eurogamer.