Some guy recently pulled off one of the greatest hoaxes in gaming history a few weeks ago with the Survivor 2299 teaser website. That website used Morse code and hidden source code Easter Eggs to suggest that Fallout 4 would be located in Boston.
Each tip was more cryptic than the last, leaving users scratching their heads and spending thousands of collective man-hours deciphering what, exactly, the Survivor 2299 website meant.
At the top of the website was a timer counting down to December 11, 2013. Would this be the day that Bethesda finally announced Fallout 4?
As the gaming world waited for midnight to strike on that fateful today, a million souls cried out at once. For all the amateur Reddit detective work had led to nothing: it was all an elaborate Rick Roll. After all that work, the video just displayed a silly video at midnight on December 11, 2013.
DCHoaxer was the man behind the hoax. He claims it was an effort to make Bethesda reveal actual details of the game.
Maybe DCHoaxer’s plan worked, or maybe it didn’t. But this week, we have some actual, semi-legitimate news about Fallout 4.
This news comes courtesy of Kotaku, which recently claims to have received some casting documents. These documents state that Fallout 4 will take place in Boston, U.S.A.
You can read the full Kotaku leak here: http://kotaku.com/leaked-documents-reveal-that-fallout-4-is-real-set-in-1481322956
-A Kotaku reader sent “several documents from a casting call for a project code-named Institute” two weeks ago
–Kotaku has “been able to confirm” that the scripts “are real”
-The scripts include details about characters, dialogue, and other details inside the next Fallout
-The word ‘Fallout’ is never explicitly mentioned, although there are several references to settings and locations in Fallout
-The casting director for this project is the same casting director who worked on other Bethesda games, including Dishonored and Skyrim
-Kotaku was nice enough to release the script, which you can read below:
“War. War never changes” was the introduction used at the beginning of the first three Fallout games.
Kotaku also released details of the beginning of one mission where you meet a character named Preston Garvey:
I’m not sure how Kotaku confirmed that these scripts were legitimate, but it does give this rumor a lot more legitimacy.
If the beginning of the script stays true, then it appears Fallout 4 will take place in Boston soon after the first nuclear bombs landed. This has been the leading rumor for a long time and there’s been absolutely nothing to suggest that Fallout 4 could be taking place in another location or setting.
Fallout 4 is a legitimate thing. It’s real and it’s currently in development at Bethesda. It’s also important to note that these details may have been invented for the casting call, in which case the Boston setting may be totally made up and all we know is that Fallout 4 is real.
Of course, Boston could be one of just many settings for Fallout 4.
In any case, this is likely the first of many Fallout 4 news releases and rumors that will take place over the coming year. Could we have Fallout 4 in fall 2014? I sure hope so!