Fallout 4 Teaser Site Is A Hoax

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Fallout 4 Teaser Site Is A Hoax

Fallout 4 hoax

The Fallout 4 teaser site at thesurvivor2299.com has been revealed as a hoax.

It was the outcome nobody wanted, which is probably why it was the one we were bound to get: The teaser site at thesurvivor2299.com, with its exciting story of what appeared to be an attack on a Vault by the mysterious forces of the Black Row, has turned out to be a fake. Yesterday evening, the site dropped it's encoded messages in favor of a link to the 2009 YouTube video "Tunnel Snakes Rule," and today it's a sad violin, accompanied by a tip-of-the-hat message to the /r/Fallout community on Reddit.

It's a disappointing end to a promising tale, not because it means that a Fallout 4 announcement isn't imminent (although that's unfortunate too) but because it's such a weak ending to a remarkably strong setup. To put so much effort into crafting such an elaborate scheme and then end it like this seems a real waste.

Then again, it's not my hoax to judge, and it was a lot of fun while it lasted. And so I say thank you, whoever you are, for the good times. It wasn't the destination we'd hoped for, but it sure was an entertaining ride.

Source: thesurvivor2299.com

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I didn't give a crap about that site. I don't care about teasers. Either announce the game or fuck off. Announcing the announcement is just ridiculous.

I'm a bit bothered by Bethesda here, more than I am at the guy who made the website. We've been at it for a month, just look at these stats that show how popular the damn thing was http://i.imgur.com/pzY99i8.jpg yet they didn't even tweet a simple "thesurvivor2299.com is not us".

It was a fun quite fun though, and it made me play Fallout once again.

Well, I suppose that was inevitable. It was fun while it lasted, but 'everything good must have an end', I believe is the saying.
Good job to whoever set this all up, though. It was pretty interesting while it lasted. Shame it had to end that way, as you said.

It's kind of strange that Bethesda didn't come out to say something about it sooner, and the revelation that it's fake came out just before VGX awards. I'm hyping you my fellow Escapists. Fallout 4 will be announced at VGX.

Bethesda didn't say anything because they got a heck of a lot of publicity. This hoax helped them out, I guess.

Who knows, maybe Bethesda is in the planning stages for Fallout 4 and just aren't ready to announce it yet. The situation reminds me of one of the downsides to Kickstarter projects: We basically see a project when it is still a concept with samples, so a release is usually years off compared to the publisher model that only advertises when the game gets past a certain point. Star Citizen is a pretty good example of this: Star Citizen has been a known project for a while, but it probably isn't releasing until 2015.

At least the hoax confirms everyone is interested in a new Fallout. Wonder if this means New Vegas is going to be getting some more playthroughs this Christmas season.

ninjaRiv:
Bethesda didn't say anything because they got a heck of a lot of publicity. This hoax helped them out, I guess.

Agreed. Whoever did this gave Bethesdas Marketing Team a week off, that's for sure.

I tried to not get hyped... I failed.

Oh well, kinda makes you wonder why real marketing people don't do something like this.

Well that was fun while it lasted. Wish it was true, made me play the horribly buggy mess that is New Vegas.

I'm fairly pleased that this was the first article about the site I actually clicked on.

Although seriously, what's interesting about a teaser? You don't get the game or even any decent details about the game. Fallout 4 is going to happen, I have no idea why people would doubt that so a teaser is just confirming exactly what you already know.

Also we complain about companies not making new IPs, but then obsess and worry over the idea that they might be making a new IP instead of our old IP

momijirabbit:
Well that was fun while it lasted. Wish it was true, made me play the horribly buggy mess that is New Vegas.

Never had a single bug issue in new vegas XD

Aerosteam:
I tried to not get hyped... I failed.

Oh well, kinda makes you wonder why real marketing people don't do something like this.

Err... They do. Constantly...

Sad, but it's kind of nice to see a group besides Half-Life 3 fans fall for hoaxes. :-P

GameChanger:

Aerosteam:
I tried to not get hyped... I failed.

Oh well, kinda makes you wonder why real marketing people don't do something like this.

Err... They do. Constantly...

Really? Can you name a few? The only times I hear new games getting announced are from trailers, expos/conventions or Kickstarter.

Aerosteam:

GameChanger:

Aerosteam:
I tried to not get hyped... I failed.

Oh well, kinda makes you wonder why real marketing people don't do something like this.

Err... They do. Constantly...

Really? Can you name a few? The only times I hear new games getting announced are from trailers, expos/conventions or Kickstarter.

Portal 2 and Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs were both announced via ARGs similar to this one.

SirBryghtside:
That sad violin sounds like something out of New Vegas.

...

HALF LIFE 3 CONFIRMED.

THERE IS A SIX POINTED STAR AND A MOON WITH TWO POINTS IN YOUR AVATAR! 6/2=9! SQUARE ROOT OF 9 IS THREE!
HALF LIFE 3 CONFIRMED!

Adam Jensen:
It's kind of strange that Bethesda didn't come out to say something about it sooner

Not really, its basic PR 101.

Not saying anything about the site being fake or not
A. Gives reasonable credence to the theory that it might be valid building up hype for a non existent game, and for Bethesda products in general
B. Allows Bethesda to go "yeah, shit was fake the whole time" if at any point the site does something they don't like/approve of.

Saying it is fake from the beginning ruins an sort of exploitable hype potential, while confirming its validity from the beginning ruins the whole point of the ARG.

Insane Guy of DOOM:

Aerosteam:

GameChanger:

Err... They do. Constantly...

Really? Can you name a few? The only times I hear new games getting announced are from trailers, expos/conventions or Kickstarter.

Portal 2 and Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs were both announced via ARGs similar to this one.

Huh, never knew that. How I found out about those are just from word of mouth on the Internet.

Still though, I think "constantly" is a bit of an exaggeration.

Oh dear, I know a slightly unstable person who was getting super hyped about this.

DAMN some people have a lot of time on their hands. I'm not really surprised though. Professional trolls are professional.

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Damn I was really getting hyped for Fallout 4, I didn't want to but I couldn't help myself :(.

Aerosteam:

Insane Guy of DOOM:

Aerosteam:
Really? Can you name a few? The only times I hear new games getting announced are from trailers, expos/conventions or Kickstarter.

Portal 2 and Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs were both announced via ARGs similar to this one.

Huh, never knew that. How I found out about those are just from word of mouth on the Internet.

Still though, I think "constantly" is a bit of an exaggeration.

Atlus also just did a similar thing with Persona. It wasn't an ARG, but it was a teaser site with several subtle clues as to what would be announced. And then they went and announced three different things, one of which was what everyone wanted. Beamdog also did a thing last year (or was it the year before?) where they did a countdown in the lead up to the Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition reveal. Again, not an AGR, but a similar style. I think the problem with these kind of countdown/teases, though, is that your audience automatically assumes it's the game that they've been clamouring for, and if it turns out to be something different, you'll have disappointed a lot of people. It's not always a good marketing strategy, which is why I think companies are very reluctant to use a style like this.

Colt47:
At least the hoax confirms everyone is interested in a new Fallout. Wonder if this means New Vegas is going to be getting some more playthroughs this Christmas season.

Pfft, New Vegas. Fallout 3 GOTY all the way! :p Actually, I'll probably wind up starting new games in both, and then not completing either, because that's what I do.

Properly OT: I don't really see the point of this. I mean, why would you go through all of the time and effort to create a hoax like this, only to end it early? I don't see the payoff. So a few people on the internet thought it was going to be a legitimate announcement, and a few enthusiast pressers thought it would be worth reporting on: is that good enough? Is it honestly just attention seeking? If it were me, I'd want more.

I've also seen a couple of people say that Bethesda should hire whoever set this up. I'm actually of the opposite mind: if you couldn't even see this thing through to the end of the countdown, or come up with a better end than a "Rick roll," then you'd be kind of bad at marketing. Just my two cents. It's Canadian currency, so take them for what they're worth (which, I believe, is around 0.05 under par).

I'm now very curious why they didn't go all the way to the end of the countdown. At some point they abandoned their plan -- I wonder why? Maybe Bethesda stepped in?

Andy Chalk:
Fallout 4 Teaser Site Is A Hoax

Fallout 4 hoax

The Fallout 4 teaser site at thesurvivor2299.com has been revealed as a hoax.

It was the outcome nobody wanted, which is probably why it was the one we were bound to get: The teaser site at thesurvivor2299.com, with its exciting story of what appeared to be an attack on a Vault by the mysterious forces of the Black Row, has turned out to be a fake. Yesterday evening, the site dropped it's encoded messages in favor of a link to the 2009 YouTube video "Tunnel Snakes Rule," and today it's a sad violin, accompanied by a tip-of-the-hat message to the /r/Fallout community on Reddit.

It's a disappointing end to a promising tale, not because it means that a Fallout 4 announcement isn't imminent (although that's unfortunate too) but because it's such a weak ending to a remarkably strong setup. To put so much effort into crafting such an elaborate scheme and then end it like this seems a real waste.

Then again, it's not my hoax to judge, and it was a lot of fun while it lasted. And so I say thank you, whoever you are, for the good times. It wasn't the destination we'd hoped for, but it sure was an entertaining ride.

Source: thesurvivor2299.com

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I'm following "falloutfanbase" on tumblr. and she (plus the rest of her followers/fans) has been all over this. There are SO MANY people pissed over this, but I'm just disappointed. I know Bethesda and Zenimax didn't have anything to do with this but only acknowledging the website's existence to say "It ain't us, guys" THE DAY BEFORE the creator pulls this just made me sad.

More than anything, it's a bit of weird justice that they now won't be able to announce any true Fallout 4 news for a while.

CezarIgnat:
I'm a bit bothered by Bethesda here, more than I am at the guy who made the website. We've been at it for a month, just look at these stats that show how popular the damn thing was http://i.imgur.com/pzY99i8.jpg yet they didn't even tweet a simple "thesurvivor2299.com is not us".

It was a fun quite fun though, and it made me play Fallout once again.

Free publicity. It gives them something to take to the investors and say "See? Look how big the next games gonna be. We've gotta dump truckloads of funds into this game."

I bet you anything this is a hoax within a hoax, and it actually is real and Bethesda tricked us this whole time

Can't say I'm surprised. But people will sink their teeth into just about any news of a future game they want. Even if there's no evidence to prove that it's real.

Adam Jensen:
It's kind of strange that Bethesda didn't come out to say something about it sooner, and the revelation that it's fake came out just before VGX awards. I'm hyping you my fellow Escapists. Fallout 4 will be announced at VGX.

I dunno, sounds more like a Half-Life 3 confirmation to me.

Regardless of if this is fake or not, I think we're due a new Fallout now that Skyrim has all of its DLC's and GOTY Editions out.

They'll probably start rumbling about it after their horror game is released.

I bow to the master(s) of this intricate prank/

I'm sorry, and I will probably receive a warning for this, but:

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The Half Life 3 trademark thing robbed me of any hope for these "announcements"

*Paranoid voice* THEY'RE ALL LIARS

Well the best hoaxes are the ones that are the most convincing, I guess. People like these little games when companies announce games, Bethesda announced that they're basically done with Skyrim a few months ago and the timing was just right for an announcement like this. Like so many others, I'm more ticked off at Bethesda for just letting it go on with no announcement.

I really see no good reason to not call it out as a hoax, I know some people have pointed out some dubious marketing reasons, but someone simply talking about a product doesn't make them any more money, in this case, as there is no product for anyone to buy. Letting someone else screw around with your trademarks and pseudo-impersonate your company to make an unauthorized announcement is much more damaging than any bump in people talking about your company, and it will inspire others to do similar hoaxes.

Heh. Heh heh. Ha ha ha. Ha ha ha ha ha. HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA!!!

*Applauds* Bravo you crazy son of a bitch! Finally had me going there, too... xD

I won't lie, I'm sad about this news, but... Damn, this dude did a damn fine job at stringing us along. Damn fine.

Now time for the conspiracy theories saying that the hoax is a hoax! xD

He gave it up for two reasons.
One, people found out who he was, a polish web designer.
Two, Bethesda secretly sent him a DMCA letter.
I knew it was a fake from the moment there was a specific message decoded that I knew Bethesda would never have anyone write, and sounded more like something out of that Rage game Id made than Fallout.

I'm not even mad. The less they dump the better because all of that speculation, a pregame nonsense becomes one giant tedious circle-jerk.
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