Why I'm Not Buying That Fallout 4 'Teaser' Website

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UPDATE (12/7): Yep. It was a hoax.

Original story follows:

For the past few weeks, our tips inbox has been overflowing with messages about Fallout 4, which everyone assumes will be the next game from the talented folks at Bethesda Game Studios.

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The hypothetical next Fallout game is getting a lot of attention on sites like Reddit because of a teaser website called thesurvivor2299.com (warning: annoying beeping sounds). People have dug into the website's source code, putting together all sorts of coded messages and theorizing that Bethesda will announce Fallout 4 at Spike's annual awards show this December, where new games are often unveiled and teased. Bethesda announced Skyrim at the Spike VGAs—now called the VGX—in 2010.

People are really excited for the next Fallout. Which is great! But let's not get our hopes up too high just yet...

While Bethesda could very well announce Fallout 4 at the Spike VGX on December 7, I don't think this teaser website is real. In fact, there are a few convincing reasons it's fake:

1) The site is counting down to the wrong date. When TheSurvivor2299 launched last month, we didn't know when Spike's big awards show would fall. Now we know it's on December 7... yet the countdown ends on December 11. Chances are, Bethesda ain't holding a separate announcement just four days after one of the biggest shows in gaming.

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2) Bethesda hasn't said a thing. If this was their teaser, don't you think they'd want to embrace it? When I reached out to Bethesda a few days ago to ask what the deal is, the response was: "We aren't making any comment." Considering how much effort seems to have been put into this site, you'd think if it were real, Bethesda would want all of their fans to know about it.

3) Would a professional video game company really put up a teaser website with such an annoying beeping noise? I mean, really?

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4) Yes, the domain says it was registered by Bethesda parent company ZeniMax, but there are inconsistencies between this website and other registered Bethesda domains, as this Redditor notes. The server is configured differently, the domain names were registered through GoDaddy instead of ZeniMax's usual service, Corporate Domains Inc, and a reverse lookup on the IP leads you to a company in Poland, oddly enough.

5) People are pointing to Erik Todd Dellums' Twitter teases as proof, but even he doesn't know whether it's real or not. Dellums, the voice actor behind Fallout 3's iconic radio DJ Three-Dog, often tweets teases about the future of the series, but in this case, he doesn't seem to be in the loop.

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Veer on the side of caution, people. While the thought of a next-gen Fallout game coming soon is certainly enticing, there are too many red flags here for us to buy this one. And there's no real evidence that it's legit.

UPDATE (11/27): We've changed the headline from "Why We're Not Buying Those Fallout 4 Rumors" to "Why I'm Not Buying That Fallout 4 'Teaser' Website" in order to make it clearer that this article is about the site, not the game itself.

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With almost daily updates, currently the site thesurvivor2299 reads 'Nuclear Winter is coming in'...queuing in a countdown to December 1st at 3:35 PM Eastern and a larger countdown to December 11th at 3pm Eastern. It's easy to infer the later date is going to be an announcement date for Fallout 4. It is also safe to assume that 2299, is a reference to a date... 22 years after 2277, the year Fallout 3's events took place.

Yesterday's site update also reveals a new Morse code message.

Fallout Redditers have translated this as follows:

NCRA UNIT BST 314 7 EMRG MSG NEW YORK STAGE 7 WASHINGTON STAGE 7 LOS ANGELES STAGE 7 AUSTIN STAGE 7 CHICAGO STAGE 7 NEW ORLEAN STAGE 7 LAS VEGAS UNKNOWN MIAMI STAGE 7 DALLAS STAGE 7 DENVER STAGE 7 SAN DIEGO STAGE 7 SAN FRANCISCO STAGE 7 BOSTON STAGE 7.

Stage 7 most likely referrers to the level of impact from the nuclear explosion. One of these locations has to be the setting for the next Fallout, most people seem to be running with the Boston rumor... and it's safe to disregard Washington and Las Vegas, as they've been visited.

Bethesda hasn't mentioned anything? Isn't that the WHOLE point of a teaser? Seems like a an awful lot of trouble for merely a hoax, either someone is dedicated or it's legit. It's hard to doubt the fans and deny the facts. Whats not to buy? I'm 99% sold.