Update [12/02/2013 – 07:45]: Now that one of Survivor 2299’s countdowns has run to zero, yet more codes have spawned from the mysterious site.
It appears that a story is starting to finally take shape, with Vault 119 having encountered an “unknown enemy.” The details can be found in the next article:
Update [11/30/2013 – 17:38]: With clues from the Survivor 2299 website starting to dry up, in recent days, fresh revelations over the legitimacy of old evidence is starting to materialize.
The latest Fallout 4 trademark and “teaser trailer” audio clip are now confirmed to be false, representing the creations of simple hoaxers. In addition, it is hypothesized that the latest 3450 kHz broadcasts, derived from one of Survivor 2299’s previous clues, are also fake.
The Las Vegas Guardian Express has produced a rundown of the latest evidence:
Original Article [11/28/2013 – 15:34]: Cryptic Fallout 4 clues continue to tumble from the sadistic overlords, responsible for creating the Survivor 2299 teaser website. Whether the site was created by the Maryland-based developers, Bethesda, or merely some unknown prankster, remains to be proven.
Suffice to say, the recent slew of potential Fallout 4 ciphers, messages, hints and countdowns have garnered the attention of a sizable army of engrossed Fallout fans. The Survivor site has also united a number of Reddit communities, whose collective eye remains fixed on deducing the legitimacy of the site.
For those unfamiliar with recent developments – and there have been a great many – the Las Vegas Guardian Express has been following the unfolding story very closely. The following articles may provide some clarity for those unfamiliar with Survivor 2299’s incarnation:
- Fallout 4 ‘Survivor 2299′ Morse Code Signals Possible VGA Announcement: Oscar Zulu Station and Nuclear Winter [Update]
- Fallout 4 Trailer Audio Potentially Leaked: Reddit Questions Legitimacy [Update]
- Fallout 4 Set in Boston? ‘Survivor 2299′ Plot Thickens [Update]
- Fallout 4 Conjecture: Caesar’s Legion, Desmond Lockheart and ‘Survivor 2299′ Code Breakdowns [Update]
- Fallout 4 ‘Survivor 2299′ Teaser Reveals Stage 7 Warnings and Vault Tec Message
Warning: the legitimacy of Survivor 2299 currently remains in doubt. The information contained herein is unsubstantiated and, therefore, should be considered speculative, until such a time as officials from Bethesda or ZeniMax are able to confirm.
‘Fallout: Boston’ and the City’s Destruction?
Rumors have long been circulating that Boston will be the next post-apocalyptic playground in the Fallout franchise. Speculation was rampant when an anonymous Redditor posted a message in a Fallout subreddit, categorically stating the next iteration of the much-lauded series would be destined to take place in Boston. The unidentified user also alleged that Bethesda had been scoping out the city, as well as the Massachusetts Institute of Technology:
“The rumors are true, Fallout 4 will take place in Boston. In case you haven’t heard, Bethesda has recently been scoping out and researching Boston. They also have a strong connection to MIT. I may or may not be an MIT employee. But that’s really all I can say for fear of losing my job.
I am telling you it will take place in Boston. Whether you believe me or not, how do you feel about a Fallout Boston?”
Furthermore, the bulk of messages decoded from Survivor 2299 appear to substantiate this contention. An early clue made reference to Quabbin Reservoir – a real-life body of water found in Massachusetts that serves as the main source of water to Boston.
Successive messages continued to make references to Boston and Quabbin Reservoir. A recently cracked Morse code sequence broadcast the message that Quabbin had been “hit,” whilst a series of “Stage 7” warnings were issued at a later date:
“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 ORLEANS STAGE 7 LAS VEGAS UNKNOWN MIAMI STAGE 7 DALLAS STAGE 7 DENVER STAGE 7 SAN DIEGO STAGE 7 SAN FRANCISCO STAGE 7 BOSTON.”
It was theorized that NCRA was an abbreviation for the National Catastrophe Relief Auxiliary (NCRA), a contingent of standby medical professionals, mobilized to deal with major catastrophic incidents. Stage 7 warnings were thought to represent the most severe “accident” on the International Nuclear Radiological Event Scale (INES).
It is interesting to note that Boston was the final city mentioned and its “Stage” was not articulated during the message, again, highlighting its plausible significance.
This was then followed by the following cracked Morse code message, which focuses upon a Vault Technician, seemingly offering sanctuary for survivors of Quabbin:
“Calling all stations, calling all stations, calling all stations, this is Vault Technician 2510730 one six emergency (vault tec?) shelter for survivors in Quabbin, no. 119, repeat, emergency vault tec shelter for survivors in Quabbin, no. 119, over.”
The latest Quabbin-related message originated from another Morse code message on the teaser site, which sounded out on Nov. 27:
“CQ CQ CQ BST IS GONE II BST IS GONE N HPE FREQ 3450 RT GB AMERICA”
The dramatic contents of the transmission were revealed by the eager Reddit community, once more, suggesting that Boston had suffered a fate similar to most of the other major city across the United States:
“Calling all stations, calling all stations, calling all stations. Boston is gone, I repeat, Boston is gone. No Hope. Frequency 3450 Return Transmission. God Bless America.”
Frequency 3450 kHz Messages
Naturally, this prompted the super sleuths over at Reddit, led by user fiberkanin, to investigate frequency 3450 kHz in Massachusetts. Astonishingly, members of the Pirate Radio Forum became involved in the project and began attentively listening out for announcements over the airwaves. Eventually, this led to the capture of the following audio segment:
At around the halfway mark, what sounds like a series of telephone tones ring out, amidst the unrelenting air raid sirens. The Reddit community suggest these tones represent a form of telecommunication signaling, called dual-tone multi-frequency signaling (DTMF), typically sent over analogue phone lines.
After interpreting the pattern of touch-tone beeps, most individuals claim the message to read, “IMSECURE.” In turn, this has been interpreted to mean “I’m secure” – a plausible communication, generated in response to the “return transmission” directive, issued in the previous Morse code signal.
Doubt has been cast of the discovery of this broadcast, however, with some claiming it to have been publicized on an illegal frequency. However, after delving deeper into the online SpectrumWiki, fiberkanin has established that the frequency band 3400 – 3500 kHz may be authorized for “non-federal flight test purposes on the condition that harmful interference will not be caused to services operating in accordance with the Table of Frequency Allocations.”
What exactly this could signify, if anything, has yet to be established.
A series of air raid sirens were repeatedly broadcast through frequency 3450 kHz, along with a series of barely distinguishable, interrupted voices. This included a female, declaring the next transmission was due to air at 02:00 UTC; nothing was heard at that time, however.
After intense scrutiny of the frequency, another short sound wave was heard. However, despite the community’s best efforts in cleaning up the audio, the voices are barely perceptible and it’s debatable as to whether it is simply some form of interference:
Currently, there appears to remain a great deal of contention over whether these transmissions are fake, or not, and opinion on the issue is divided.
The Appearance of ‘Vault of the Future’ and the Fallout 4 YouTube Channel
An entirely different website has also popped up on the net, entitled “Vault of the Future.” This particular site, however, has a much longer countdown timer. From the date of writing, the site claims there is over 359 days left “until the vault opens…”
In the background, a vintage song from Fallout 3 (“I Don’t Want to Set the World on Fire” by the Ink Spots) plays on a loop.
As with Survivor 2299, the authenticity of Vault of the Future has been called into question. It seems highly improbable that that two entirely separate teaser sites would spring to life, in such a short space of time. Although Vault of the Future links to Bethesda’s official Fallout Twitter page, the Facebook link redirects to an unverifiable Facebook account.
According to the Fallout Wikia page, the Vault of the Future is an ambient music track created by Mark Morgan. The song was allegedly used in Fallout, whilst the Vault Dweller went roaming through Vault 13, as well as Fallout: New Vegas, when the Courier visited Vault 22.
Based upon Reddit’s investigation, Vault of the Future appears to be a fake website. A simple Whois.net search reveals the registrar to be ENOM, INC., based in Panama. The name server is also ART.NS.CLOUDFLARE.COM AND FAY.NS.CLOUDFLARE.COM, and appears entirely unrelated to Bethesda or ZeniMax.
WARNING: Do not subscribe to Vault of the Future, or enter any details into site. It is suspected that the website is merely an attempt to dupe users into providing their e-mail addresses, which may be used by spambot.
It also appears that a YouTube channel, possibly affiliated with the Survivor 2299 website, has emerged. The banner logo shows the number 4 – an obvious reference to Fallout 4 – and links to Bethesda Softworks’ YouTube page in the “about” section.
Thus far, no videos have been uploaded to the channel and, again, its authenticity is yet to be confirmed.
Meanwhile, Bethesda’s channel has also faced great scrutiny, lately. When the company liked a fan-made Fallout lore video on their channel, the community took note. Even if this is simply the fanbase looking a little too deep into the company’s, perhaps, innocuous actions, the video is still an interesting watch:
As always, we will continue to provide updates on Fallout 4 and the Survivor 2299 site, in the coming days. We would like to extend our gratitude to readers for continuing to drop updates and tips in the comments sections of previous articles. Be sure to check back soon.
By James Fenner
Fallout Wikia (Survivor 2299)