Bethesda’s parent company has trademarked a new “online-enabled” game called “Deathloop”, and we have no idea what it could be.
In gaming, a ‘death loop’ is when a reload point in a save file thrusts the player into a position that immediately kills them again and again with no hope of escape. It’s technically a bug since if it happens it pretty much kills that save file forever. It’s also extremely frustrating since you’ll often spend hours trying to dig yourself out of a hopeless situation before finally giving up and thrusting your controller through your TV.
For game developers, that’s bad. Games should be fun and not cause gamers to burst into murderous rage. But for some reason, Bethesda parent company ZeniMax has decided to trademark the name “Deathloop”, and we’re all left wondering why.
The filings were made at the United States Patent and Trademark Office on December 26th and could be for an "online-enabled mobile game", according to Gamespot.
We know that mobile games are a bit of a contentious issue with gamers, especially after the whole Diablo Immortal fiasco. So far, Bethesda has been mostly quiet about their mobile aspirations, first starting with the mobile classic Fallout Shelter, and now moving into the upcoming Elder Scrolls mobile game, TES: Blades.
A third game in the mobile space would solidify Bethesda’s thrust into the most profitable game market in the world. The only question then, is just what kind of game could Deathloop be?
Judging by the referential name (and we have literally nothing else to go by, so take this with a huge grain of salt) it could be a mobile game about gamers themselves--perhaps even a hacking-style game. Or it could be more of an action game, such as a first-person shooter, where players respawn and thus can be caught in a death loop.
Or it might not be a game at all. Just because something is trademarked doesn’t mean the company is working on it, and without official word from Bethesda, this Deathloop might never see the light of day.
It might also just take a very long time to get here. Bethesda trademarked Starfield in 2013, and did not announce it until 2018.