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We might not see The Elder Scrolls 6 until 2021 thanks to a legal battle over the Redfall trademark

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Much like a line to ride a vomit comet at an amusement park, there’s going to be a hell of a wait until The Elder Scrolls 6 is finally out and about in the world. Officially revealed for several seconds last year at Bethesda’s E3 conference, The Elder Scrolls 6: Check out these Thu’umnails probably won’t see the light of a full release in 2019. Or 2020 even, as the best-case scenario for Bethesda’s big-budget RPG could be 2021 thanks to some ongoing litigation.

Spotted by Youtuber Skullzi TV (Thanks GamesRadar), it looks like ZeniMax Media has a battle on their hands with Bookbreeze.com over the rights to the trademark of “Redfall”, that Bethesda’s daddy company applied for. A single word, whose ownership can only be disputed as soon as August 2020 thanks to the US courts being rather busy at the moment.

That trademark fight means that legally, Bethesda can’t market Elder Scrolls 6 with the Redfall title (Cheers, Newsweek), which BookBreeze claims belongs to them. They’ve got a legal leg to stand on, as Redfall happens to be the name of a series of post-apocalyptic books written by Jay J. Falconer for the company and they’re well within their rights to argue that their intellectual property could be harmed if ZeniMax decides to create literary content based on The Elder Scrolls 6.

Basically, there could be some mass confusion between people wanting a book on Redfall lore and wondering why the post-apocalypse has so many dragons in it. ZeniMax has two options on the table right now: Abandon the Redfall trademark immediately, or slug it out in court. Option B looks kind of likely, as Falconer tweeted to GamesRadar’s Zoe Delahunty-Light that ZeniMax just maxed out its stubbornness stats:

It’s a bummer, but then again, not unexpected. After all, who here had their hopes up for an Elder Scrolls sequel in 2020 and more importantly, can I have some of what you’re smoking?

Last Updated: February 21, 2019

18 Comments

  1. Oh look. Zenimax doing what Zenimax does. Lawsuits.

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  2. G8crasha

    February 21, 2019 at 11:52

    I wasn’t waiting for an Elder Scrolls. No, Sir. Who wants another Elder Scrolls game anyway. Pffft…..

    WHERE THE F_CK IS MY ELDER SCROLLS GAME!!!!!!

    Right now, the only game that, if delayed, would lead me to major depression is Cyberpunk 2077!!! I can wait for another Elder Scrolls game. There’s plenty of High Fantasy, high quality games out there to satisfy one’s hunger.

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    • Dutch Matrix

      February 21, 2019 at 11:52

      That one where we all make up Half Life 3 in our sad little imaginations?

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    • Dresden

      February 21, 2019 at 14:28

      Cyberpunk 2077 is the be-all and end-all. I’m cultivating kidneys as we speak to buy a new rig for that game.

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  3. Dutch Matrix

    February 21, 2019 at 11:52

    I sincerely hope Bethesda does not bully their way out of this one.

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    • G8crasha

      February 21, 2019 at 11:52

      Well, the author has an entire publishing company behind him, so even if Bethesda tries to bully them, I’m sure they’ll be able to stand up to them.

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      • Dutch Matrix

        February 21, 2019 at 11:52

        Money talks louder than anything it seems.

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  4. Original Heretic

    February 21, 2019 at 12:43

    And due to the delay, they will be including a battle royale mode.

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    • Jbumi

      February 21, 2019 at 15:25

      And will STILL have more bugs than Amityville Horror!!!

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      • HvR

        February 21, 2019 at 15:46

        More bugs than Darryn’s sweaty underpants after day of cosplay in his Batman rubber suit?

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        • Jbumi

          February 21, 2019 at 15:47

          LOL – what an image that conjures!!! But, to answer your question, YES!! ?

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  5. e3rAze9nexmjRz7KADjpbYDbEX3f

    February 21, 2019 at 20:47

    So, they’re getting a taste of their own medicine then. After bullying Prey to the Gods and Mojang’s Scrolls, it couldn’t have happened to a more appropriate company.

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