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:
Update [11/28/2013 – 15:48]: The next series of Survivor 2299 Morse code clues have recently been interpreted by the ever-watchful Redditors. The Las Vegas Guardian Express has looked into the possible downfall of Boston, in the fictional universe, which could serve as the prelude to the next Fallout game:
Update [11/26/2013 – 16:03]: As expected, further updates to the Survivor 2299 teaser site have emerged, one of which is in the form of a very wordy Morse code message. Our next article ponders over the broadcast of city-wide, “Stage 7″ warnings and a brand new “Vault Tec” message:
As always, many thanks to the numerous commenters for regularly keeping us updated with fresh information.
Update [11/24/2013 – 16:45]: Over in the Fallout subreddit, Whitelunick and co. are now well and truly into part eight of the “Survivor 2299 Speculation and Hype Megathread.”
With this in mind, we can personally verify that the Morse code has changed to the following, when interpreted using a Morse code reader:
In a series of, now-deleted, subpages it appears that the following codes were also subsequently revealed:
- QBN (Quabbin?) = EF
- BGP (Bridgeport?) = OZ
- CNC (Concord?) = SZ
Inputting QBN, BGP and CNC into the afore-mentioned code (in place of EF, OZ and SZ, respectively), and using common Morse shorthand to replace some of the remaining letter combinations, the community tentatively suggest the followed message:
“Bridgeport this is Concord -Message- Quabbin is hit – I repeat – Quabbin is hit”
The names of the places (Bridgeport, Concord and Quabbin) are all clustered around Massachusetts, where Fallout 4 is speculated to play out. These locations appear to be the top contenders for the coded message; however, if this changes, we will keep you notified.
On the main Survivor 2299 teaser page, the message now reads, “Nuclear winter is coming in…” and then goes on to provide a countdown (just under seven days, from the date of writing).
Redditor Bullshii has also identified “<span time=”1385930100″></span>” in the source code, possibly alluding to a big artwork reveal.
That about wraps up the latest developments. Many thanks to all of our readers for keeping us updated in the comments section. If we have missed anything, please feel free to drop us a line.
Update [11/24/2013 – 02:35]: Additional messages are being discovered all the time through Reddit; some have been confirmed, others remain a work in progress.
A number within the Fallout subreddit have hypothesized links between one of the codes and Point Lookout character Desmond Lockheart, whilst another message potentially alludes to Caesar’s Legion.
It bears not that this remains pure speculation at the moment, and has not been factually verified by Bethesda officials. The new post can be found here:
“Fallout 4 Conjecture: Caesar’s Legion, Desmond Lockheart and ‘Survivor 2299′ Code Breakdowns”
Big thank you to Matthew Bohn for keeping us updated on the latest developments, as well as the Reddit community for their dogged attempts to decipher the codes.
Update [11/23/2013 – 18:10]: The Survivor2299 teaser website was recently updated again, with an entirely different code. The nature of the message – if the site is genuine – could signify that Fallout 4 might be set in Boston, confirming previous speculation.
In light of these new revelations, we have produced a new article, dedicated to exploring the decoded message and investigating how existing Fallout 3 lore suggests the next installment to be potentially heading to Boston:
Big thank you to Samuel, who updated us in the comments section of one of our previous Fallout articles.
Meanwhile, you can also check out our previous article, discussing the rest of the teaser site’s cryptic codes:
Original Article [11/23/2013 – 10:27]: Over on the Fallout subreddit, speculation is running rampant over the impending announcement of the next iteration of everybody’s most treasured post-apocalyptic franchise – Fallout. Excitement has been brewing, ever since Fallout 4 was allegedly trademarked by DLA Piper, who submitted a filing with the Office for the Harmonization of the Internal Market (OHIM).
When teaser website Survivor2299.com was subsequently launched, showing a countdown clock to Dec. 11, 2013 (coincidentally, the same week as the Video Game Awards), Wastelanders’ giddy anticipation was stoked to almost unimaginable heights. Fallout fans’ ears pricked up upon hearing Morse code and factions of Redditors began resolutely deciphering the hidden message. A slew of additional secret codes were also deciphered, which the Las Vegas Guardian Express has previously reported on.
The Contentious Fallout 4 Trailer Audio
More news comes in from the steadfast Reddit community; this time, there are suggestions that a leaked Fallout 4 trailer/teaser audio clip has made its way onto the Internet. Submitted by PlatinKing, and found by the unfortunately entitled pooperf****r, the clip is almost two minutes in duration:
Listening to the beginning of the clip, it becomes immediately obvious that it is The End of The World by Patti Page, which was originally covered by Skeeter Davis in 1963. However, in addition to the original song, there appears to be additional orchestral music that starts to slowly build to a crescendo, around the halfway mark. At the very end of the piece, another, as yet unidentified, female vocalist very briefly sings.
According to PlatinKing, Soundhound claims the orchestral segment is “Aterrizaje Inminente by Alberto Iglesias (stream: the lowest one).” He also outlines a number of pros and cons that support and negate the legitimacy of the audio clip, respectively. He claims the audio is very professionally edited, which appears to be the general consensus amongst the Reddit community.
However, he also claims the original Reddit uploader possesses a new account. PlatinKing also points to the suspicious means by which the redditor stumbled across the so-called Fallout 4 teaser/trailer audio clip (see sources).
Echoing the sentiments of some of the Reddit gang, the female vocalist section at the audio clip’s conclusion doesn’t seem to quite fit the Fallout universe. However, if the audio clip was lifted from a full video trailer, it’s perhaps a little difficult to appreciate without full context; it might, for example, fit a standard ending showing the company logos and release dates, but this remains pure conjecture.
Does it Fit the Trend of Previous Fallout Teaser Trailers?
Another fantastic point, which was made by user Artemus_Hackwell, was the sheer similarity between the afore-mentioned clip and the introductory sequence for Fallout 3.
Check out the following YouTube clip of the Fallout 3 teaser trailer and listen to each beginning, middle and end section. The Fallout 3 clip shows a damaged radio, audibly and visibly struggling to fire up. Meanwhile, the alleged teaser/trailer clip begins in a similar vein, perhaps as the radio is sparking to life or being tuned to the correct frequency.
The 1941 hit I Don’t Want To Set The World On Fire, by the Ink Spots, then begins to blare out in the backdrop. Undoubtedly, both songs have a very similar feel to them, and fit the Fallout universe perfectly.
During the closing parts of both clips, orchestral music ominously builds up. The primary difference between the audio centers around the female vocalist, heard at the end of the potential Fallout 4 teaser/trailer.
Now, listen to the following teaser trailer for Fallout: New Vegas. The same, general trend is observed consistently throughout all the audio clips; an immortal song scrambles to existence, before orchestral music begins to play, increasing in intensity towards the end.
M4ttR, a fellow Redditor, believes the audio to be almost conclusive proof of Fallout 4‘s existence:
“This almost confirms it for me. There’s no way that a fake would go as far as making something like this. Plus, this was completely unexpected. No one was saying anything about the audio for the teaser, and this fits perfectly for it.”
Meanwhile, others were a little more circumspect in their assertions; Water48 waded in with his thoughts on the matter:
“That guy ‘found’ the clip by randomly entering puush [sic] URLs and it has no connection to the site whatsoever. HUGE grain of salt on this one people! Also he was a redditor of only a few hours when posting it.”
It does bear note, when we downloaded the audio clip from the website, it was already entitled “NATURE#NEVER#ENDS.” Many Fallout fans in the Reddit community maintain that the audio clip was doctored to remove the classic “War, war never changes” statement that were heard in the previous Fallout teaser trailers.
It’s quite conceivable that Bethesda might have performed this edit themselves, potentially, to cast more doubt over the recording’s authenticity. However, the title of the clip seems to provide a not-so-subtle hint that the audio was ripped from a teaser trailer for Fallout 4.
So, what do you think to the new teaser site and audio clip. Are they both fake, or legitimate? Sound off in the comments section, below.
By James Fenner