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Bethesda Softworks has applied to trademark Fallout: Shadow of Boston.

The trademark request filed to the German Patent Office can be seen here and was found by NeoGAF user Labadal. Further online evidence of the filing can be found at the Office of Harmonization in the Internal Market's website here.

Despite no official confirmation, Fallout 4 has been believed to be the next big game from Bethesda for some time. Shadow of Boston also falls in line with reports late last year suggesting that the game would be set in the US city of Boston.

While the trademark appears genuine, it may yet prove to be for something related to the Fallout series, and not Fallout 4 itself. As theorised on GAF it could be a TV series, a spin-off game or a tie-in of some kind.

Another trademark was also filed for Fallout: Ultimate Collection, hinting that past games in the series will be reworked for an anthology.

A reveal at this year's Spike TV Video Game awards show, usually held in December, has been touted for some time.It's where Bethesda announced The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim in 2011 ahead of that game's hugely successful release one year later.

Skyrim topped 20 million sales in July 2013, less than a year after its launch and was the surprise UK Christmas chart topper despite comeptition from regular number one's Call of Duty and Fifa.

Fallout 3 was released in 2008 and was followed-up with standalone spin-off Fallout: New Vegas in 2010.