According to Connor Murton on the Fallout forums, video game publisher Bethesda trademarked on January 8th “entertainment services in the nature of an on-going television program set in a post-nuclear apocalyptic world” under the Fallout banner. Found through the USPTO website, it hints at what most assume is intent to develop a Fallout-based TV show.
Of course, what most people assume isn’t always right. It seems much more likely that this is simple brand protection as this is actually an extension (or reapplication or something along those lines) to a trademark from back in 2009. This could be a preemptive move against web series such as Nuka Break or it could be just that they take for-fucking-ever to develop a television program.
This is also apparently unrelated to the presumed Fallout 4 tease from voice actor Erik Todd Dellums last week. Dellums plays the wasteland DJ Three Dog in Fallout 3 and hinted at more of his radio shenanigans coming soon, but he says that this television stuff is “news to [him].” He also says the prior aforementioned twease (I’m so, so sorry) was backed by the Maryland developer, so it seems to affirm the notion that we’ll soon be hearing about a new Fallout game instead.
So what does this all mean? Nothing much, but it is fun to think about what a Fallout television show would be like. I’m guessing it would be really depressing and full of muted colors, but what do I know?