It's safe to say Bethesda had a rocky 2018 due to the multiple controversies surrounding the launch of its online multiplayer action-RPG, Fallout 76, leading many fans to hope that the company manages to turn things around this year. Now, it looks as if the publisher and developer's parent company, ZeniMax Media, is laying the groundwork for a title that its subsidiary could potentially be working on, as ZeniMax has filed a trademark application for a new game called Deathloop.
According to the goods and services description in ZeniMax Media's trademark application filed with the United States Patent & Trademark Office on December 26, 2018, Deathloop appears to be an online-enabled mobile game. That said, it has yet to be determined whether or not it's going to be attached to Bethesda insofar as publishing or developing is concerned, as there's not much else to go on in the filing at this point in time.
Of course, just because ZeniMax Media has filed a trademark application for Deathloop, it doesn't necessarily mean that the title will ever come to fruition. After all, some trademark applications for products never even make it beyond the filing itself. Rockstar Games' Agent is a decent example of this, as the developer's parent company, Take-Two Interactive, effectively abandoned the project after holding onto the rights to the property for almost nine years.
Should Bethesda wind up having its hands in the creation of Deathloop, though, then it wouldn't be the first time that the publisher and developer has been behind the production of a mobile release. In fact, the publisher and developer managed to find a hit in 2015's free-to-play title Fallout Shelter.
What's more is that Bethesda is currently working on a mobile installment for its popular fantasy-RPG series with The Elder Scrolls: Blades. Nevertheless, fans may be waiting a while longer until TES: Blades officially comes out, as its initial September 2018 release date was changed by Bethesda a few months ago to reflect the nebulous launch window of 2019.