11A new trademark leak suggests that the next Elder Scrolls game will be named Redfall.
According to a recent report from Newsweek, Bethesda parent company ZeniMax Media Inc. filed a trademark on September 10th for something called “Redfall”. In their filing, ZeniMax indicated the name would be used for “computer game software for use with computers and video game consoles."
Now, before we all rev up the hype train and start calling this game The Elder Scrolls VI: Redfall, first a few pumps on the brakes. Game developers trademark names all the time, and we don’t even know if Redfall will be an Elder Scrolls game or for some entirely unrelated game. Bethesda has a lot of intellectual property and they’re constantly trying out new things too.
Second, even if the next Elder Scrolls is to be called Redfall, there’s no guaranteeing the name won’t change between now and when the game releases, whenever that is. We know nothing about Elder Scrolls VI besides the fact that it’s under development, and everything can be subject to revision.
However, there’s a certain pattern to uphold here. When Skyrim was under development, Bethesda trademarked the one-word title very early on in much the same way they’re doing with Redfall.
Another plus for the name is the fact that there is a race of humans in the world of Tamriel called Redguard who hail from the lost continent of Yokuda. It’s lost because it sunk below the sea at some point in Tamriel’s long history, with the Redguard migrating to the province of Hammerfell afterward.
Fallen island continent, Redguard, Redfall. You see where we’re going with this.
As for why Yokuda fell, that’s a secret that only Bethesda knows. From various books found in previous Elder Scrolls games, we know that the Redguard suffered a series of civil wars on Yokuda, culminating in a larger war against the neighboring Elvish nations. Then there was some sort of terrible calamity that caused the island to sink.
It's still way too early to give any concrete details, but we’re predicting that Redfall will chronicle the Redguard wars leading up to the catastrophe that sundered Yokuda. We’ll check back in a few years to see if we’re right.