While it’s unclear what’s actually going on, the internet rumor mill started churning something fierce this morning when an unknown entity filed a trademark with the EU for Fallout:New Orleans. The bare-bones image associated with the trademark looks a little iffy, but the application received “fast track” status with the European Union Intellectual Property office and that is a good sign it’s the real deal.
Neogaf users were quick to link the timing of the potential game to the development cycle of Fallout: New Vegas, which released 2 years after Fallout 3. Fallout New Vegas was produced with the Fallout 3 engine, but it was not made by the same team.
Fans hope this apparent similarity in scheduling is a sign that New Vegas developer Obsidian Entertainment plans another entry into the Fallout franchise using the Fallout 4 engine.
New Vegas was a stellar entry into the series, and it offered a lot of role-playing depth which fans felt was missing from Fallout 4. We all want to see Obsidian Entertainment make a “new New Vegas” on the Fallout 4 engine, and today’s leak seems to be backed up by a photo of Louisana Field Guides Josh Sawyer, the New Vegas project lead, put on Instagram last year.
There’s just one problem: Today Josh Sawyer responded to the community on Twitter and said the Field Guide photo is NOT Fallout related.
*after seeing 100 twitter notifcations, said in rill quiet voice* that’s not fallout-related btw
— Josh Sawyer (@jesawyer) December 2, 2015
Remember, this Instagram photo and Tweet are from months ago, and the trademark discovery was from today. Whether that means that this rumor is more credible or less credible, however, is up to you.
Stay tuned for updates.