What is “Redfall?” We don’t know just yet, beyond the fact that it’s a trademark filed by ZeniMax Media (the parent company of Bethesda and ZeniMax Online Studios). It may be the title of the upcoming Elder Scrolls 6 installment, though. And it’s definitely the source of a trademark battle between ZeniMax Media and author Jay Falconer, who has a series of post-apocalyptic novels under the existing title of “Redfall.”
This may seem like an irrelevant thing to file trademark claims over, but consider that it’s entirely plausible for tie-in books to be released based on the ZeniMax property, or for Falconer’s series to be adapted into a video game, and the issue is clear. Falconer, for his part, claims that he got in touch with ZeniMax Media to sort out the issue ahead of time but was met with silence, resulting in a series of legal discussions already scheduled to last through 2020. It could delay the game if it’s the title of the sixth installment of the series, but we really have no idea yet.
So what is “Redfall?” Apparently a naming headache, that’s for sure.