Update: It has transpired that the Fallout 4 trademark application mentioned in this report is one of a series of fake submissions that also includes Half-Life 3 and Shenmue 3.
Original story: Bethesda Softworks has filed a trademark for Fallout 4, following rumours last week that the company is set to unveil the installment at the VGA Awards next month.
The trademark is for four distinct categories, taking in merchandise and digital media among other products.
The trademark application follows strong rumours last week pointing to an imminent Fallout 4 reveal.
A teaser website entitled Survivor 2299 appeared on Thursday, with a counter due to expire on December 11. This year's Spike VGA Awards is due to take place that week, and is known for unveiling previously unannounced titles.
The internet united to dispell the rumour, with Reddit users claiming the teaser site is a hoax on the grounds that the domain registration was made from Poland rather than Bethesda's Maryland, Washington DC home.
These rumours follow earlier reports that Bethesda is working on the long awaited installment. According to a Reddit user, the studio is scoping out Boston, Massachusetts as the location.
Rumours of an imminent reveal persist despite Zenimax vice president Pete Hines' statement in June that fans should not expect news on a fourth instalment any time soon.