Remember the trademark dispute from February that made all Elder Scrolls fans lose their minds over the next title? Bethesda parent company Zenimax was in dispute with the book publisher BookBreeze over the term ‘Redfall.’
Speculations were that the developer could have used Redfall as a subtitle for The Elder Scrolls 6, which then led to more speculations about location, plot and other things we could see in the next TES installment. You all know about Hammerfell, and the Red Guard race connection with the Redfall term did make sense in a way…
However, Redfall is also the name of a sci-fi book series written by the author Jay Falconer (and published by BookBreeze). The author was worried that the name might create confusion and wanted to have the publisher BookBreeze take legal action against Zenimax. Meanwhile, it all seemed that Zenimax wouldn’t back down. What changed?
The “Resolution of the Matter is Mutually Beneficial” to Both Parties
Well, now the trademark dispute has been resolved, and Gamasutra cited the two parties’ statement:
“Zenimax Media Inc and Bookbreeze.com are pleased to announce that they have amicably resolved a pending trademark dispute related to the Redfall trademark.”
The statement only revealed that the terms of the agreement is confidential, but that “the parties believe that resolution of the matter is mutually beneficial to both Zenimax and Bookbreeze.com and their respective fans.”
What is strange is that the dispute final date of the trial was set for August 2020. Now that the dispute has already been settled, and it’s beneficial to both parties, it can only be great news for the Bethesda’s fantasy series.
Don’t get us wrong, though. Just because the term might be up for grabs (if that was the deal), we won’t see The Elder Scrolls pretty soon. You can learn more about The Elder Scrolls 6 possible release date on this page. What we really hope to see is Bethesda coming with a sneak peek about TES6 at E3 2019 – even 30 seconds more than what we got last year would be great!
Sonia Theo has been writing for more than 15 years, first starting with fantasy stories. She has a bachelor’s degree in English and German, and one in Arts and Design. In the past years, her interests in gaming and tech news grew, so she started writing articles, guides and reviews for players. In her spare time, you’ll see Sonia playing WoW, crafting decorations and jewelry, or walking her dog. For Digital Overload, Sonia Theo will cover all things tech and gaming, delivering fresh updates on your favorite games.