Bethesda has denied rumours claiming that it filed a trademark for a video game called 'Fallout: Shadow of Boston'.

The trademark application, Bethesda says, is a "hoax".

"The German trademark filing that's making the rounds is a hoax," Bethesda said in a tweet. "This didn't come from our offices."

This isn't the first time a video game trademark application has been filed falsely, of course. Last October, a trademark application for Half-Life 3 sparked rumours that Valve was finally preparing to announce the long-awaited shooter. The application turned out to be false.

It also isn't the first time that Fallout has found itself at the centre of a hoax. Last year one fan created Survivor2299.com, a site that many believed was a teaser for Fallout 4. Again, it turned out to be false.

Hoax or no hoax, a Fallout 4 announcement surely can't be too far away now. VGX, perhaps?

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