The man behind the elaborate hoax that had fans believing Fallout 4 was on the way has spoken out about the motivation behind his actions saying that “some men just want to watch the world burn” and that he was hoping the hoax would force Bethesda Softworks, the company behind the Fallout franchise to reveal something about Fallout 4 during the upcoming Spike network VGX gaming awards show airing tonight. A Bethesda spokesperson has officially stated that the company will not be doing so.
The Fallout 4 hoaxer spoke out about his motives by posting answers to questions on an “Ask Me Anything” thread on the social news and entertainment site Reddit. He also revealed that the elaborate hoax cost him nearly $1000 to put together and referred to himself as “one of those selfish bastards with a lot of money.”
The Fallout 4 hoax began several weeks ago when the now debunked website thesurvivor2299.com first appeared. Fans who have long awaited a sequel to the last Fallout installment quickly went to task trying to decode morse code messages that were released on the site. The website include a countdown clock set to end on December 11, that had fans hoping that a big announcement would be made on that day. The hoax ended after Bethesda sent out a tweet confirming that the website was fake. The hoaxer ended his stunt by acknowledging that the site was a fake and by posting a video entitled “Sad Violin” with thanks to Fallout fans for being part of such a great community. However, he has said that the intended ending for his hoax was a complete CGI trailer for the non-existent game. He claims to still be in possession of that trailer but has declined to release it at this time. He has suggested that he may do so after December 11, the original date set to end the hoax on his website.
Some Fallout 4 fans have expressed discontent with Bethesda’s handling of the hoax, saying that if they knew it was fake, they should have tried to stop it weeks ago to avoid unnecessary disappointment among excited fans. There was, reportedly, some contact between Bethesda and the hoaxer prior to Bethesda’s official tweet deeming the site part of a hoax, but details of that are unclear. Bethesda has said that they may have been able to handle the situation better. Still other fans aren’t so sure that Bethesda wasn’t in on the ruse and are holding out hope that even this apparent unveiling of trickery is a part of what will ultimately be information about a forthcoming Fallout 4.
The Fallout franchise features a series of role-playing games set in the post-Apocalyptic United States after nuclear war has devastated and destroyed most of the planet. A 1988 video game, Wasteland, is considered to be a forerunner of the games as they are known today. The first two games, Fallout and Fallout 2 were released in the late 1990s. Fallout 3 was released in 2008 and a number of spin-offs have been released since. The franchise has been enormously successful and has dedicated fans, making a Fallout 4 a strong possibility in the future, even if it is not to be just yet. Perhaps, as the Fallout 4 hoaxer speaks out and more interest is drummed up that possibility will morph into a reality.
By Michele Wessel